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Firefighter taster day at Warrington Fire Station

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Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is holding a taster day for its wholetime firefighter recruitment campaign at Warrington Fire Station.

The event, which is being held to give confidence to all potential applicants, with the hope that females and people from black and minority ethnic communities might think about a career as a firefighter, is on Wednesday August 23 and will be open from 10am until 4pm at the fire station on Winwick Road in Warrington.

It will give potential applicants the chance to meet crews, training and recruitment officers, who will explain exactly how to follow the recruitment process and will also be able to try out the physical tests in the Service’s bespoke recruitment pod, one of only three in the UK, housing the national firefighter recruitment test elements.

Anyone interested can drop in to the session between 10am and 4pm, allowing ABOUT an hour to get the best out of the event or (and this would be really helpful) register attendance in advance with Wendy Beesley on 01606 868308 or email wendy.beesley@cheshirefire.gov.uk

The initial stages of the recruitment process will be undertaken online. The process will be made available on the Service’s website – www.cheshirefire.gov.uk – until 4pm on Wednesday August  30.

This method of recruitment is designed to make an initial assessment of the potential to work as a firefighter using a range of specifically designed questions examining the qualities and basic knowledge required for the role.

“The organisation is looking to recruit a new cohort of wholetime firefighters,” said Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock.  “Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has transformed in recent years to become one of the best performing and innovative fire and rescue services in the country, acknowledged by many awards and accolades.

“Our mission is a simple one, to be an outstanding Service where there are no deaths, injuries or damage from fires or other emergencies and we are looking for exceptional men and women with a wholehearted commitment and willingness to work hard as part of a team.”

The application process is designed to give everyone, irrespective of their professional or personal background, an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to be a firefighter.

A number of awareness and taster days are been held across the county to encourage all potential applicants, with the hope that females and people from black and minority ethnic communities might consider a career as a firefighter.

“We are hoping that this programme will result in a broader range of applications which genuinely reflects the make-up of our local communities,” continued Paul.

“Responding to incidents and emergencies will always be a key part of a firefighter’s role, but there is also a major emphasis on being able to educate and inform people from all ages and backgrounds on fire prevention, community safety and the wider health and wellbeing agenda.

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