Ever fancied be­com­ing a fire­fighter?

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MERSEY­SIDE Fire & Res­cue Service is re­cruit­ing for the next gen­er­a­tion of fire­fight­ers in Mersey­side.

The service has a num­ber of fire­fighter posts on of­fer for its 2018 train­ing course and is seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from all sec­tors of the com­mu­nity.

Ap­pli­cants who are suc­cess­ful fol­low­ing the ini­tial round of re­cruit­ment will be asked to com­plete tests to as­sess their nu­mer­acy and lit­er­acy skills and un­der­take a phys­i­cal as­sess­ment in­volv­ing a lad­der climb, bleep test, dummy haul, step test and an as­sem­bly test in­volv­ing fire­fighter equip­ment.

They will also be re­quired to crawl a short dis­tance wear­ing fire­fighter breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus, take part in a mock ca­su­alty evac­u­a­tion, carry var­i­ous items of fire­fight­ing equip­ment, in­clud­ing hoses, and com­plete a 50-me­tre swim­ming test.

The can­di­dates will then be in­vited to a for­mal in­ter­view with se­nior of­fi­cers.

Ap­pli­cants who suc­cess­fully make it through the re­cruit­ment process will un­der­take a 17-week train­ing course at the Mersey­side Fire & Res­cue Service Train­ing & Devel­op­ment Academy in Crox­teth where they will train in all as­pects of fire­fight­ing and emer­gency re­sponse tech­niques.

Re­cruited fire­fight­ers will be­gin their ca­reer on a salary of £22,237, ris­ing to £23,162 on com­ple­tion of their train­ing when they will pass out as fire­fight­ersin-devel­op­ment.

Fol­low­ing the course, the fire­fight­ersin-devel­op­ment will take part in reg­u­lar com­pe­tency as­sess­ments which, if passed suc­cess­fully, will take their salary to £29,638 ap­prox­i­mately 18 months af­ter com­ple­tion of their re­cruit course.

Deputy Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Phil Gar­ri­gan said: “We are de­lighted to be open­ing our ap­pli­ca­tion process for the next gen­er­a­tion of Mersey­side fire­fight­ers.

“Ap­pli­ca­tions are open to any­one re­gard­less of age, gen­der, race or sex­u­al­ity.

“There is no up­per age limit and we wel­come ap­pli­ca­tions from all sec­tions of the com­mu­nity.

”We are pas­sion­ate about our fire­fighter fam­ily rep­re­sent­ing the com­mu­ni­ties we serve and we want to hear from any­one who may be in­ter­ested in the role, re­gard­less of their back­ground.

“A ca­reer as a fire­fighter gives you a chance to help peo­ple in many ways, apart from just tack­ling fires.

“Our fire­fight­ers are con­stantly en­gag­ing with com­mu­ni­ties across Mersey­side, car­ry­ing out fire safety checks and pro­mot­ing fire safety.

“They also res­cue peo­ple from water, at­tend road traf­fic col­li­sions, res­cue peo­ple from height and re­spond to ma­jor emer­gen­cies such as floods, chem­i­cal leaks, train de­rail­ments, col­lapsed build­ings and ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

“Our crews work closely with part­ner agen­cies in­clud­ing po­lice, health ser­vices and local au­thor­i­ties to keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe and the new re­cruits can ex­pect an ex­cit­ing and var­ied ca­reer full of chal­lenges and re­wards.

“This is an ex­cel­lent time to be join­ing Mersey­side Fire & Res­cue Service as we forge ahead with our com­mit­ment to build safer, stronger com­mu­ni­ties.

“We have a long and proud his­tory and we look for­ward to our new re­cruits be­ing part of our fu­ture.”

Ap­pli­cants must be 17-and-a-half years old at the time of ap­pli­ca­tion.

There is no up­per age limit or height re­stric­tion.

As a fire­fighter, re­cruits can ex­pect to work 42 hours per week (48 hours over eight days).

Ap­pli­cants must have a driv­ing li­cence at the time of ap­pli­ca­tion and be re­sid­ing in Mersey­side by the time the re­cruit course be­gins.

GCSE English and Maths are re­quired at grade C or above.

For more in­for­ma­tion, and to ap­ply, visit www.mersey­fire.gov.uk

Ap­pli­ca­tions close at mid­night on Septem­ber 12, 2017.

Mersey­side Fire & Res­cue Service re­serves the right to close the re­cruit­ment process early if a suf­fi­cient num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions are re­ceived.

Mersey­side Fire & Res­cue Service is re­cruit­ing for the next gen­er­a­tion of fire­fight­ers in Mersey­side

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