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Recruitment for trainee full-time firefighters begins next week

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Can you do it?  Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is now recruiting trainee, full-time firefighters and is asking people from every community across the county if they have got what it takes to join the county’s firefighters.

Recruitment for firefighter trainees opens next Monday, November 15, and closes on Sunday December 5. Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service particularly wants to attract people from diverse backgrounds and walks of life – women, and people from different races and communities – to apply and help ensure the county’s Fire Service truly represents the people it serves.

Firefighting is a rewarding career that involves so much more than fighting fires.  As well as responding to incidents that range from road traffic collisions to search and rescue operations, firefighters work in the community with specialists and other partners to carry out prevention and protection work.  Firefighters also play a vital role in community resilience in emergency situations such as the covid pandemic and flooding.

De-Villiers Nyahuma, a firefighter based in Kettering, said: “I love working for Northants Fire and Rescue Service. Joining is the best decision I ever made. I love the teamwork and have a passion for saving people’s lives. The Service welcomes anyone from any background. Here I am, doing the best I can, learning new things. If I can do it, you can do it.”

To be a trainee full-time firefighter, you:

  • must have a full car driving license valid for the UK (with a maximum 3 points allowed)
  • be able to permanently live and work in the UK without any restrictions
  • be aged 17 year and six months or over at the start of the application process.

Fire stations around the county will be holding Have A Go days where anyone who has an interest in becoming a firefighter can try out their skills, and chat to serving firefighters about what it’s like to do the role for real.

The recruitment website for applications opens on Monday 15 November, and the deadline for applications to be received is December 5.  Applications from people from minority backgrounds are especially welcomed.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Chief Officer Paul Bullen said: “No two days are the same for our firefighters.  The number of fires we attend is reducing, but we respond to a huge variety of incidents and challenge ourselves to do more work within the community to help promote safety and prevent incidents before they happen.

“We know that we still have some way to go to ensure our organisation truly reflects the make-up of Northamptonshire and we are working hard to make sure we represent those people we are working to protect.

“I would encourage anyone wondering if firefighting is a career for them, to come along and meet us. They will see that this is a unique role in a changing organisation where someone with a passion for community safety can really achieve something special.

“We know those people can be found in every community. If that’s you, why not apply?”

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