Appeal for more firefighters to join service

April 28 2017

AVON Fire and Rescue Service is looking to South Gloucestershire to help it recruit full-time firefighters for the first time in eight years.

AVON Fire and Rescue Service is looking to South Gloucestershire to help it recruit full-time firefighters for the first time in eight years.

The service currently employs 455 full-time firefighters - a number that has been falling since 2010.

As a result of reduced Government funding, firefighters leaving or retiring have not been replaced.

As any further reductions in the operational headcount would take the service below its minimum crewing levels, Avon Fire Authority recently approved the recruitment of 16 new firefighters.

Applications are being sought from across the former Avon area, including South Gloucestershire.

Assistant chief fire officer Simon Shilton said the service was encouraging applications from groups currently under-represented, particularly women and people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Mr Shilton said: “There are lots of myths about becoming a firefighter. Of course you need to be fit and have good upper body strength but with training that can be achieved.”

Visit www.yesyoucan.careers to find out more information.

Applications will be available for those interested in the role to download for one week only from Tuesday, May 2.

Those selected will then take part in a training school in October.