Ideally yes, although not essential at the point of application. You should be aware however that part of a firefighter’s role is emergency response driving so there is an expectation that you will obtain a driving licence and eventually become an emergency response driver. You will be given full support and training to enable this.
No – this is a popular misconception, because there used to be restrictions on height, weight and chest expansion. Candidates are expected to pass strength and fitness tests as part of the recruitment process. The tests are at a level that’s achievable by men and women of all different sizes and builds.
We adopt an assertive, safe and effective approach to how we manage incidents. Whilst there have been some fatalities to firefighters around the country when attending incidents, and they can never be hazard-free, we’ve developed a very positive approach to health and safety. As an organisation, we set extremely high standards and expectations in this area. Our firefighters work within a ‘competency framework,’ as well as effective personal protective equipment such as helmets and other fire kit.
At incidents, safe systems of work are established with a high level of command and control. Plus, we constantly stress the importance of personal safety to our staff. Away from incidents, our commitment to health safety and well-being is maintained across all areas of activity.
Eyesight standards for firefighters are as follows and it is to the standard for LGV (Group 2) driver requirements and to National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) standards:
You must also pass a test to see if you are colour-blind.
If you have had eye laser surgery, you must wait 6-12 months before applying to allow for stabilisation. If you have undergone laser eye surgery, a report should be requested from the treating ophthalmologist to include the following details:
Unfortunately, firefighters cannot have a beard due to the need to be able to get a face seal when wearing breathing apparatus. This is for health and safety reasons.
Firefighters need to have a good level of strength and cardiovascular fitness to be able to carry out their job. All our practical selection tests can be on our website within the firefighter selection process, this will enable you to be able to see what is required and work to improve your strength and cardiovascular fitness. A fitness test is carried as part of your medical to determine your aerobic fitness meets our standards of 42 V02 max, the test that we use to test this is the Chester Treadmill test.
We operate a continuous rolling recruitment programme, running four (4) trainee firefighter courses a year. Our aim is to recruit around 80 new firefighters annually to serve our communities.
Yes, absolutely. We are a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and have policies in place to support those who are reservists or ex-serving personnel working for us. We welcome applications from serving personnel or those who have served previously.
We recognise the value serving personnel, both regular and reserve, veterans, military families and cadet forces contribute to our organisation and the country. Therefore, we will endeavour to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, which are:
If you are unsuccessful in an application to be a firefighter with us, you can apply again in 12 months from your notification from us that you were not successful. Due to the application process requiring a national insurance number, which you would have already entered on your previous application, the system may show an error stating the NI number has already been used. If you experience this difficulty, please email our recruitment team at [email protected] with your details and this can be reset for you.
When trying to apply to be a firefighter for us, you need to enter a national insurance number. If you've applied before, you may get an error saying your national insurance number has already been used and won't allow you to continue. Our teams can unlock this for you, provided the appropriate time has passed since your previous application. Please email your details and the issue you're experiencing to, [email protected] and they can do this for you.
The Equality Act 2010 permits employers to take positive action measures to improve equality for people who share a protected characteristic. Section 158 of the Act enables us to take proportionate action to reduce disadvantage or increase participation of a particular group who are underrepresented in the workforce.
We are committed to having a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities to give us the widest spectrum of ideas, backgrounds, cultures and skills. Our Service is currently underrepresented of: - Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people - People with disabilities - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender people - Women (in firefighting roles) Examples of the types of positive action activity we carry out include targeted advertising, ‘meet and greet’ sessions, recruitment programmes and female fitness sessions. Positive action does not include giving someone a job based upon their protected characteristic. This is unlawful.
Not necessarily. If you have a conviction, then a panel will consider the nature of the conviction, its relevance to the role of a firefighter, the sentence, any pattern of offending and the length of time since the offence. You will be informed if a panel is to be convened and will have the opportunity to provide additional information in a supporting statement. An assessment will then be carried out to identify the risks to us as an organisation, our business, customers, clients and employees. The panel will decide if your application can proceed, and this is usually at an early stage in the recruitment process. A DBS is required to be completed before a contract will be issued. It is your responsibility to inform us if you receive any convictions during the process.
DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service. A DBS check is a way for employers to check a potential employees criminal record. All applicants are required to undertake a standard DBS check prior to employment which will show all unspent convictions.
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