Could you be a firefighter?
By Sarah Wood
Do you have what it takes to become a firefighter? Then Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) wants to hear from you.
GFRS is looking for wholetime community firefighters who would like to build their futures with the service. Wholetime firefighters are employed full-time and are required to work at any one of the five 24/7 fire stations in Gloucestershire.
The role of a community firefighter is incredibly varied, but it is also an extremely rewarding career choice.
As well as responding to fires, road traffic collisions and flooding, the role includes a range of other tasks such as supporting the Covid-19 response, working with young people, reducing risk to the vulnerable, keeping people safe and helping the community.
GFRS is looking to take on a number of firefighters straightaway at fire stations around the county, whilst keeping a reserve pool of candidates eligible for future positions when they arise.
It is looking for individuals who have something different to bring to the unique service. If you are a forward-thinking and inclusive person with a passion to develop into a high performing individual, be part of a team and contribute to the wider fire transformation programme, this opportunity could be for you.
You need to be at least 18 years old (there is no maximum age), reasonably fit, able to swim and live within 50 miles of the Gloucestershire border.
Wayne Bowcock, chief fire officer, said: "We are extremely pleased to offer this exciting opportunity for people to join our team. We are passionate about the service we provide to the people of Gloucestershire and are looking for applicants who have the right skills and attributes to help us keep the community safe.
"We need people with drive, commitment and integrity to help build on our diverse workforce and achieve our vision. The Fire and Rescue Service has an exciting future and offers a very rewarding career to those who really care about their communities."
Cllr Dave Norman, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: "As a former firefighter myself, I know what a varied and fulfilling career it is. It was a great honour to serve my community, help to inspire young people and act as a role model, as well as carry out the vital work of keeping people safe."
You can apply for the position here.
For more information about GFRS visit www.glosfire.gov.uk
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