Walney Fire Station are looking to recruit 5 new retained firefighters that will be on call to respond to incidents across the Furness area. It’s part of a county -wide recruitment drive by Cumbria Fire & Rescue service.
There are many preconceived ideas and assumptions about what it takes to become a firefighter. But the main considerations are that you have to be motivated and be fit enough to pass the entry selection fitness test.
So do you have what it takes?
A retained firefighter is someone who is available to be on call to help respond to a range of emergencies. They might be in everyday employment in a shop, office or be self -employed, but when the call comes in, steps into the role as a professional firefighter, trained to save lives.
Applicants must pass a bleep fitness test, basic Maths and English tests , a psychometric assessment and will be tested on their ability to cope within confined spaces and put through their paces to see whether they have the strength and fitness levels to carry firefighting equipment. It’s also essential that anyone interested in the role lives within 5 minutes of Walney Fire Station.
As a retained firefighter you would need to be available from anywhere between 80 – 90 hours per week. On average you will be called out 2 to 3 times a week for a couple of hours at a time (depending, of course, on how busy the Station is)
The closing date for applicants is Friday 29th April, so if you’re interested but haven’t yet applied, you’ll need to get a move on!
For more details please contact Barrow Fire Station on 01229 407945.