We are Recruiting - Fire fighters

North East England
22 Jun 2018
22 Jul 2018
Public Sector
Contract Type

Firefighter – not just a vocation, it’s a career.  If you are looking to return to work or looking for a career change, we may have just the thing!

County Durham and Darlington, Northumberland, and Tyne and Wear

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is looking to recruit a number of firefighters over 2018/19. The Service values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce which represents the communities we serve.

The role

The traditional image of a firefighter is someone in a fire engine with blue lights flashing and sirens wailing, heading to rescue people from a burning building. While we still attend fires, the demands of our fire service have changed considerably in recent times. Therefore the role and requirements of our firefighters have changed in response.

The emergencies we attend are more varied – from road traffic collisions, people trapped, floods and storms, water and rope rescues, chemical spillages and training to respond to the growing threat of terrorism.

Thankfully, overall the number of incidents we attend is decreasing. That’s where our prevention and protection work comes in. Both are a key focus for us; so that we can continue to reduce the number and impact of incidents in Tyne and Wear. Our firefighters contribute to this work.

Firefighters spend a lot of their time in the community delivering fire prevention advice and other safety messages. They visit people and help them to avoid fires in the home and to plan what to do if one occurs.

This involves conducting home safety checks and fitting smoke alarms. They also deliver presentations and talks to schoolchildren, community and voluntary groups to educate and promote fire safety.

Treating people with dignity and respect is at the heart of what we do. Our communities are diverse and we work hard to meet their needs through the services we provide. Our Firefighters must be able to communicate effectively with all individuals, religious groups and people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

Working flexible to meet both the staff member’s and organisational needs

All of our firefighters undergo an intensive 14 week initial training programme.

These are normally run from our Service Headquarters in Washington. The hours are usually between 08:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday.

There will be a break over the Christmas period. During those initial 14 weeks, there will be some self-directed study at home, to prepare for the weekly exams.

Once you are assigned to a Watch after the initial 14 weeks, if our standard shift pattern of: 2 day shifts (09:00-18:00) followed by 2 night shifts (18:00-09:00) followed by 4 days off are not flexible enough for you, we will consider a request for flexible working.  

Some of our current flexible working patterns include part-time working and day shift only roles.

Please note, that while we consider all requests fully and on a case-by-case basis, our service delivery capabilities will be considered alongside any request.

It is not every day that such an exciting career opportunity comes along!

If would like more information to decide if becoming a firefighter is for you, why not book onto one of the Taster Sessions that we are running across County Durham and Darlington, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear?  Details of the Taster Sessions as well as the recruitment campaign are available from the site once you click on the apply button. 



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