LFB in hunt for hun­dreds of fire­fight­ers

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THE big­gest fire­fighter re­cruit­ment cam­paign in more than six years launched in Lon­don on Mon­day.

Lon­don Fire Bri­gade (LFB) is look­ing for 400 new fire­fight­ers, with re­cruit­ment days set to be held at sta­tions through­out the cap­i­tal.

It es­ti­mates it needs at least 7,000 ap­pli­cants to ob­tain the peo­ple it needs and has re-es­tab­lished an out­reach team that will go out into the com­mu­nity to talk about the nu­mer­ous ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties that fire­fight­ing of­fers.

Lon­don Fire Com­mis­sioner Dany Cot­ton said the job can de­velop into other fire­fight­ing spe­cialisms such as tech­ni­cal res­cue, fire in­ves­ti­ga­tion and com­mu­nity pre­ven­tion work.

“There is no more im­por­tant time to be­come a fire­fighter in Lon­don,” she said

“The five ter­ror­ist at­tacks and the tragic Gren­fell blaze this year has shown that our fire­fight­ers must be pre­pared to deal with ev­ery even­tu­al­ity that can oc­cur in our cap­i­tal.”

She said tack­ling fires was now a smaller part of a mod­ern fire­fighter’s role.

“In any given day you could be help­ing to sta­bilise the driver at a road traf­fic col­li­sion, pump­ing out wa­ter of a flooded prop­erty or fit­ting smoke alarms that save the life of an el­derly Lon­doner,” she said.

“For those that go on to choose spe­cial­ist fire­fight­ing ca­reer paths, you could travel the world res­cu­ing peo­ple from col­lapsed build­ings, solve the causes of com­plex fires with the ser­vice’s fire in­ves­ti­ga­tion team and help pre­vent fires and save lives through face-to-face com­mu­nity safety work.

“With our new cam­paign we hope to reach those peo­ple who never thought of fire­fight­ing as a ca­reer for them.

“Fire­fight­ing is a job for all and we es­pe­cially want to reach women and black mi­nor­ity eth­nic (BME) peo­ple as we strive to bet­ter re­flect the com­mu­ni­ties we work in.”

Ev­ery can­di­date will need to meet abil­ity tests on a range of skills in­clud­ing prob­lem solv­ing, phys­i­cal strength, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and must meet the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria:

Be a UK/EU cit­i­zen, with­out work re­stric­tions or be a per­ma­nent res­i­dent in UK.

Pass cer­tain rig­or­ous phys­i­cal and job re­lated tests. Pass med­i­cal and eye ex­am­i­na­tions. Be at least 17 and a half-years-old as of the clos­ing date of the ad­vert.

Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan said: “Lon­don’s fire­fight­ers do one of the most im­por­tant jobs there is – help­ing to keep the rest of us safe.

“This year they have played a crit­i­cal and heroic role in re­spond­ing to deadly ter­ror­ist at­tacks and tack­ling the Gren­fell Tower tragedy, but this is only a small pro­por­tion of their tire­less work to pro­tect and sup­port Lon­don’s com­mu­ni­ties.”

The mayor is also en­cour­ag­ing woman and peo­ple from black and mi­nor­ity eth­nic back­grounds to ap­ply.

He said he wanted the LFB “to be­come as di­verse as the city it serves”.

A change in re­quire­ment means ap­pli­cants do not have to live in the cap­i­tal or hold a driver’s li­cence.

In­stead, suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be ex­pected to pass their LGV test within the first three years of em­ploy­ment.

Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be put through three stages of train­ing – a pre­learn­ing pro­gramme, a com­bi­na­tion of class­room and prac­ti­cal ses­sions, and fi­nally on-the-job de­vel­op­ment and con­sol­i­da­tion of learn­ing at a fire sta­tion.

The re­cruit­ment process launched on Mon­day.

To ap­ply, visit the LFB web­site.

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