Posted: Mon 4th Apr 2022

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service set to open firefighter recruitment “window” this month

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Apr 4th, 2022

A five-day recruitment “window” is set to open for people looking to become full-time firefighters in North Wales.

The opening of the window comes seven months after the previous recruitment drive was “paused” due to a “lack of resources”

Last September, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service apologised for shelving plans to take on more full-time fighters due to, “limited resources and staff time to recruit and train firefighters.”

Chief fire officer Dawn Docx said at the time: “The decision to delay opening the recruitment window for full-time firefighters for a few months was not taken lightly.

Registration for on-line applications will now open at noon on Friday 22 April and close at noon on Tuesday 26 April.

Head of Operations Anthony Jones said: “We currently have an ongoing recruitment drive for on-call (or retained duty system) firefighter positions across our Service, where we encourage those interested in a part-time career to contact us at any time of year – with lots of information on this on our website.”

“Right now, we’re preparing to launch a new recruitment drive for full-time firefighters – and this recruitment window will be open for online registrations over a period of five days.”

“We’re looking for people to join our team. We believe there is no such thing as a typical firefighter and applications from all backgrounds are encouraged.”

“The fire and rescue service has changed considerably over the last few years and the firefighter role has adapted to reflect this and to meet the demands of the local community.”

“We recruit based on merit and ability, so regardless of your gender identity or your ethnicity, if you think you have what it takes, keep an eye on our website and social media for updates on the recruitment process.”

“Our firefighters need to be able to communicate with all groups within the community but especially those ‘at risk’, such as the elderly and children.”

“They are able to switch from responding to a wide variety of incidents, to a more preventative role involving educating our communities, visiting the people we serve at home to ensure residents know how to keep themselves safe from fire and what to do in case of an emergency.”

“The role of a modern-day firefighter is therefore varied, challenging and immensely rewarding and we recently held taster days at Rhyl Fire Station because for such a diverse role we need a diverse workforce which reflects the communities we serve.”

“We’re therefore especially keen to encourage applications from under-represented groups, which currently include women and people from LGBTQ+, black and ethnic minorities. We’re also looking for Welsh speakers and learners as we want to deliver a first-class service to all our communities.”

“Follow us on social media for additional information. Our website also has a wealth of information for applicants on what it takes to become a full-time firefighter.”

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