Firefighter jobs drive is the first for eight years

Firefighter jobs drive is the first for eight years

WEST Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched its first major recruitment campaign in eight years. 

Applications are due to open soon for new full-time firefighter roles following the launch of a new campaign titled ‘Ordinary to Extraordinary’.

More than 100 posts will be filled over the next three years, with training taking place at the service’s base in Birkenshaw.

West Yorkshire’s new chief fire officer, John Roberts, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the men and women of West Yorkshire to join our highly experienced and dedicated team. The role of a firefighter has changed considerably over the years, with prevention playing as much a part as fire and rescue.

“If you join us, you will learn some incredible skills, work with some wonderful people and overcome obstacles you never thought possible. Ultimately, you will have an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career by serving to protect the people of West Yorkshire.

“If you think you’re up for the challenge, we want to hear from you!”

WYFRS has set up a recruitment website (www.joinwyfirefighters.com), with information on entry requirements, the recruitment process and the organisation.

It also features a short film which shows firefighters transforming from ‘Ordinary to Extraordinary’.

A series of awareness days will be held at WYFRS HQ in Birkenshaw as well as at fire stations around the region throughout March, where those interested can try the various physical entry tests and speak to firefighters.

Entry tests include a breathing apparatus crawl (tests physical skills and claustrophobia), a drill ground assessment (physical strength and fitness), a vertigo test (includes scaling a ladder and working at height), and a ladder-carry to test strength.

Anyone interested in attending an awareness day should visit www.joinwyfirefighters.com and register their interest.

Only those who have registered and received confirmation they have a place will be able to take part.

Job applications can be made via the website between March 1 and April 9.

For further information about the recruitment process and entry requirements, call 01274 655745 or email wholetimeapplications@westyorksfire.gov.uk.

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