So you think you want to be a firefighter?
Ask yourself these questions...
- Are you genuinely interested in people?
- Can you get on with people from different backgrounds and cultures?
- Have you worked as part of a close knit team?
- Can you work under pressure without letting the rest of your team down?
- Can you think on your feet and solve problems when you know a lot depends on the suggestions you come up with?
- Do you have the sensitivity to deal with members of the public when they are distressed or confused?
- Can you take responsibility for representing the Brigade when you are at work and when you are not?
- Are you committed to always maintaining and developing your skills?
- Are you prepared to study on top of your normal working day?
- Are you prepared for the demands of working in a disciplined uniformed service in which you will have to take orders from other people?
- Are you committed to maintaining your physical fitness?
- Is regular exercise a part of your everyday life?
- Are you prepared to work day and night shifts, evenings, weekends, public holidays?
- Are you a practical person who likes to work with their hands and with equipment?
- Do you enjoy making things or finding out how things work?
- Are you someone who can always be relied on to be somewhere on time?
- Are you someone that others see as dependable?
- Are you prepared commit a minimum of 14 weeks of your life to your initial residential training with no time off for holidays?
- Are you prepared to work outside for several hours in all types of weather? When it is wet and cold and you don't know when a job might finish?
- Are you someone who can cope with routine, knowing that you may have to do the same things at the same time on most days?
If you gave a yes to all of the above, and can give good examples to back your answers up we would like to hear from you in our next recruitment campaign.