Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is about to launch a campaign to recruit whole-time firefighters.
The posts are all predominately full-time (known as whole-time) but the brigade says that applications for job-share in these roles will also be considered. Applications are restricted to people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Cheshire, Wrexham and Powys.
“Keeping the people of Shropshire safe and well is our top priority and that involves our firefighters interacting with Shropshire’s varied and diverse communities more closely and more often in many different ways than ever before.
“Working as a firefighter is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling of jobs and we welcome applications from all candidates of the surrounding areas who seek a career in the Fire Service as we want our firefighters to reflect the rich and varied diversity of the communities they serve,” says Shropshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Rod Hammerton.
Applications from candidates who state that they are dyslexic are welcome but they must provide evidence prior to sitting the first online written test. Shropshire Fire & Rescue has been widely praised for the support it provides for dyslexic employees and it recently won a series of dyslexia awards.
Anyone who has a pending application with another brigade will not be eligible to apply for the Shropshire posts.
Successful candidates will also be expected to undertake a basic Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.
The window for applying is seven days (from 10am on 29 January to 18:00 on 4 February). No applications will be accepted after 18:00 on 4 February. More information can be found on the Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service website www.shropshirefire.gov.uk\wholetime
The brigade has also produced a short video, available via the website, in which serving Shropshire firefighters talk about what being a firefighter means to them.