West Midlands Fire Service has opened their recruitment process for 60 new Firefighters across the region.

Traditionally, Firefighters are seen dealing with fires and rescuing people from burning buildings. However, the firefighters of today respond to a wide range of emergencies including road traffic collisions, people who are trapped, chemical spillages and the new threats associated with terrorism.  Firefighters need sensitivity to deal with members of the public when they are distressed and confused.  To solve problems using relevant information and your initiative is very important.

Dealing with such emergency incidents is important, but today’s Fire Service has an equally important role within the community.

Firefighters are extensively involved in community fire safety work.  This preventative work recognises that the best way of fighting fire is to stop it ever starting.  This aim is achieved in a variety of ways, but is primarily focused on educating and informing the public.

As a firefighter, you would find yourself involved with schools, community groups, voluntary groups and other statutory bodies, to name but a few, in order that the burden of fire on the community is minimised.  So being able to communicate effectively to varied individuals and groups is important, as is treating people with dignity and respect irrespective of their backgrounds and cultures.

This vital work is at the cutting edge of what the Fire Service does and the West Midlands Fire Service has a very proud record in developing community fire safety.

Essential criteria to become a West Midlands Fire Service Firefighter:

  • To be considered for selection as a Firefighter you must be at least 17 ½ years old when you apply.
  • You must be physically fit to meet the requirements of the role.
  • You must also be committed to maintaining and developing new skills, and studying on top of your normal working days.
  • You must have GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English and Mathematics.
  • You must have a basic level of swimming ability and water confidence which will enable you to operate safely in water rescue situations.

If you’re interested and match the essential criteria please complete the online application process. Applications will closed at 12PM on Monday 17 October.