Positive Action Events to Improve Applications for Wholetime Firefighter posts from Women and BAME Communities 

 

If you are female, or from a BAME community, and would like to find out more about becoming a Firefighter with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service can come along to talk to an informal discussion at:

·         Queens Park Community Centre, Marlborough Road, Bedford

Tuesday 22 August 18:00 20:00 hours

·    Carnival Arts Centre, St Mary’s Rd, Luton on

Wednesday 23 August 18:00 20:00 hours

We are also holding four “have-a-go” events specifically aimed at women and those from BAME communities.

The women only “have-a-go” events are being held at:

·         Luton Community Fire Station, Studley Road, Luton LU3 1BB

Wednesday 30 August, 16.00 to 19.00 hours

·         Bedford Community Fire Station, Barkers Lane, Bedford MK41 9SB Saturday 2 September, 10.00 to 14.00 hours.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community “have-a-go” events will be held at

·         Luton Community Fire Station, Studley Road, Luton LU3 1BB

Saturday 2 September, 14.00 to 17.00

·         Bedford Community Fire Station, Barkers Lane, Bedford MK41 9SB

Sunday 3 September, 10.00 to 14.00

 

 

These events will give people from under-represented groups thinking about joining

the Fire and Rescue Service the opportunity to try a number of activities which may include:

1.)    Climbing a 13.5m ladder;

     2.)    Equipment carry and casualty drag including CPR;

     3.)    Manual dexterity, involving assembling and taking apart three items of

   equipment;

     4.)    Wearing breathing apparatus (BA).

These activities will be conducted in full fire kit and will give everyone an opportunity to experience wearing and working in the full protective equipment to experience what it is like to work as a Firefighter.

 The day will include a talk given by existing members outlining the recruitment process for both Wholetime and on-call (RDS) Firefighters.  There will also be lots of opportunities during the day to ask questions with all involved.

Robert Jones, Diversity Advisor, explains: “We believe we have an exciting and rewarding career opportunity for everyone in our community, and especially value interest from female and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities so that we have a truly diverse team of fire and rescue professionals.

 “As we work so closely within our communities it is important that we encourage the very best applicants and that they are able to be representative of our county.  Keeping people safe are as much about being able to understand different community needs, activities and cultures as it is about the technical skills of fighting fires.”

Fiona Beck, Assessment and Selection Coordinator says: “We want everyone in our community to feel they can apply to be a Firefighter and we continue to work toward a Service that reflects the full range of different communities we serve.

“Positive Action events such as these are a lawful way for us to reach out to prospective new firefighters from areas where we are currently under represented.  These events offer insight and an opportunity to discuss what we have to offer you and you have to offer us.  Our events do not guarantee employment; we anticipate lots of interest and everyone will still need to complete our online application process.

“To be a full-time firefighter you should live in Bedfordshire or within 10 miles of its border, be fit, over 18, have four GCSEs, be able to swim and have a full driving license (with no pending issues).”

If you are interested in attending any of these events please contact Diversity@bedsfire.com for more information.

For more information on becoming a Firefighter and application details visit www.bedsfire.com/CareersandRecruitment