Fire chiefs launch new re­cruits hunt

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

FIRE chiefs have launched a cam­paign to re­cruit the next gen­er­a­tion of fire­fight­ers.

Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice is aim­ing to take on 12 trainee fire­fight­ers.

The re­cruit­ment process, which runs un­til Au­gust 30, starts with an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion via cheshire­fire.gov.uk.

It in­cludes a range of ques­tions ex­am­in­ing the qual­i­ties and ba­sic knowl­edge re­quired for the role in­clud­ing: rat­ing the risk against dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios; sit­u­a­tional judge­ment and nu­meri- cal and ver­bal rea­son­ing tests.

The next stage is a phys­i­cal test in­clud­ing climb­ing lad­ders, ca­su­alty evac­u­a­tion, test­ing your up­per and lower body strength; en­closed spa­ces test to mea­sure your con­fi­dence, agility and stamina; equip­ment as­sem­bly to as­sess your man­ual dex­ter­ity and co­or­di­na­tion. The fi­nal parts of the process is an in­ter­view and med­i­cal.

If you make it you will em­bark on a 16 week ini­tial train­ing course to be­come a fire­fighter with a start­ing salary of £22,237.

Paul Han­cock, chief fire of­fi­cer, said: “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 ser­vice is keen to en­cour­age more ap­pli­ca­tions from women and black and mi­nor­ity eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties.

CFO Han­cock said: “We are hop­ing that this pro­gramme will re­sult in a broader range of ap­pli­ca­tions which gen­uinely re­flects the make-up of our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“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.

“Work­ing for a modern fire and res­cue ser­vice of­fers an ex­cit­ing and re­ward­ing ca­reer and we want to re­cruit peo­ple with a real com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the safety of their com­mu­nity.”

Mem­bers of 3rd Poyn­ton Rangers and 1st Poyn­ton Guides in Adle­bo­den, Switzer­land

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