Fire service launch recruitment campaign

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Cumbria County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service will next month launch its first wholetime firefighter recruitment campaign for eight years.

To help people find out if the role of a modern firefighter is for them, the Fire and Rescue Service is holding a series of firefighter taster days at the following locations:

  • Barrow Fire Station – Monday 3 October, 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm.
  • Kendal Fire Station – Tuesday 4 October, 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm.
  • Penrith Fire Station – Wednesday 5 October, 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm.
  • Workington Fire Station – Thursday 6 October, 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm.
  • Carlisle East Fire Station – Saturday 8 October, 11am-2pm

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is committed to ensuring it has a workforce that represents the communities it serves. With more than 90 per cent of current operational firefighters being white males, the Service is encouraging women and people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and those who are LGBT to come along to a taster session to find out if they want to pursue a career as a firefighter.

The taster days will allow people to have a go at the physical tests that form part of the firefighter selection process and chat to firefighters to find out more about the role.

Anyone interested can drop in on one of the sessions between the listed times, and are advised to allow between one hour and 90 minutes in order to get the best out of the event.

Cumbria’s Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock said: “We will shortly be recruiting a new cohort of wholetime firefighters. We are hoping the programme of taster days will result in a broader range of applications which genuinely reflects the make-up of our local communities. Working for a modern fire and rescue service offers an exciting and rewarding career and we want to recruit people with a real commitment to improving the safety of their community.”

Councillor Barry Doughty, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Fire and Rescue, said: “This is the first time in eight years that we will be recruiting wholetime firefighters in Cumbria and we’re holding taster sessions around the county next week to help give people a better idea of what the job involves. Firefighters do a wonderful job keeping our communities safe and secure, and we want as many people as possible to come forward and help us find the very best new recruits.”

The initial stages of the recruitment process will be undertaken online and can be accessed from noon on Monday 17th October, and the application window will stay open until noon on Monday 31st October.

For further information, visit cumbria.gov.uk/JoinCFRS