New partnership aims to encourage on-call recruitment

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is delighted to announce its latest partnership scheme with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Neath Port Talbot Adult Community Learning (NPT-ACL).

Firefighter For A Week – is both a scheme that aims to equip individuals with skills appropriate for the work place and an introduction to the role of an On-call Firefighter.

Seven candidates, within the Neath and Port Talbot Command Area, were identified by Jobcentres to participate in the five day ‘Firefighter for a Week’ course, hosted from 1st – 5th May 2017. The structure and delivery of the course has been designed to attract potential recruits into the retained sector of the Fire Service.

During the week, individuals received accredited skills such as first aid, basic life support and manual handling. Participants also gained experience in team building, Fire Service operations and training as well as leadership and management.

On the Friday afternoon, following an intense week of training, the candidates participated in a drill yard exercise to demonstrate some of the skills learnt, which included water delivery through a hose and the use of Fire Service ladders and pumping appliance. This was all demonstrated by working efficiently as a team.

Watch Manager Rhys John commented “I would like to thank the local DWP offices, ACL and the seven candidates who attended the course. The candidates have learned a great deal of skills, which will aid them in their pursuit of primary employment and has given them an insight into the life of an On-call Firefighter. In fact, three of the participants have already started the application process to join our On-call stations. This is a visible success for a project still in its early stages.”

Susan Stapleton, Employer Adviser for the Department for Work and Pensions said, “It was a pleasure working with both Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Neath Port Talbot Adult Community Learning in making the ‘Fire-fighter for a week’ course a success for all involved. Candidates gained invaluable transferrable work skills. Three candidates gained the confidence and skills to enable them apply to join an on-call fire station.

It can be a challenging time when looking for employment, the candidates attending the course showed motivation and a determination to succeed and I look forward to following their journey into employment.”