North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Recruiting Wholetime Firefighters for the first time in 10 years
From today (10 June) we’ll be running an awareness campaign, before the application window opens on 1 July.
Over the next few years lots of firefighters will leave the Service, so we need to recruit new firefighters to make sure we have enough staff to crew our fire engines.
Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie said:
“We constantly recruit on-call firefighters. Over recent years some of those, along with transferring firefighters from other services, have joined as wholetime firefighters. It’s been ten years since we last welcomed applications from the public for wholetime firefighters.
“The role of a modern day firefighter is very varied, it’s much more than just attending emergency incidents. It’s also about educating communities about safety, engaging with people, and delivering activities and events. We need people who are caring, compassionate and creative, who enjoy working as part of a team and who want to make a truly positive difference to people.
“Such a varied role, needs a varied workforce and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We need to improve our diversity to reflect our diverse communities, so we are particularly interested in groups who are under-represented within the Service currently.
“It is important to emphasise that all applicants must go through the same recruitment process and achieve the same standards in the assessments in order to become a wholetime firefighter.
“Our message is simple; this is great opportunity to join a brilliant organisation. So if you’ve always dreamt of becoming a firefighter or you’ve never considered it before but think it could be the job for you, we’d love to hear from you.”
Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said:
“This is an important development within North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and shows how much work has been done over the past six months since the transfer of governance. I promised to listen to firefighters, fire service staff, residents and businesses about what their priorities were for the Service and this open recruitment campaign, the first for a decade, is a result of what they said.
“Despite the huge financial pressure we face, we are committed to developing and improving North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. I hope this shows that determination in action. I also hope that anyone interested in joining the brilliant men and women who currently work as both wholetime and on call firefighters consider applying for these important roles.”
We are holding a number of awareness events for people who may be interested in applying. Details of these are below. Some of these are open to all, and some are specifically to support and raise awareness of the role of a firefighter in under-represented groups. The contents of each session are the same and all applicants will go through the same recruitment process.
|Friday 14 June||York fire station, Kent Street, York, YO10 4AH||9am-12 noon||Open to all|
|Saturday 15 June||Training Centre, Oaklands Way (Off Stillington Road), Easingwold, York
North Yorkshire, YO61 3FA
|10:30am-1pm||Open to all|
|Sunday 23 June||Harrogate fire station, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4LE||2pm-5pm||Open to all|
|Monday 24 June||York fire station, Kent Street, York, YO10 4AH||6pm-8:30pm||Female only|
|Tuesday 25 June||Scarborough fire station, North Marine Road, Scarborough, YO12 7EY||6pm-8:30pm||Female Only|
|Wednesday 26 June||Harrogate fire station, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4LE||10:30am-1pm||Female Only|
|Friday 28 June||Training Centre, Oaklands Way (Off Stillington Road), Easingwold, York
North Yorkshire, YO61 3FA
|Saturday 29 June||Malton fire station, Sheepfoot Hill, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7DX||10:30am-1pm||Female only|
|Sunday 30 June||Scarborough fire station, North Marine Road, Scarborough, YO12 7EY||10:30am-1pm||Open to all|
Find out more and book on to a session via the Eventbrite link on the Fire Service website https://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/working-for-us/vacancies_operational_uniformed_roles/wholetime_firefighter. The Eventbrite link will also be available on some of our social media posts.
The recruitment window will then open on the 1 July and close on the 14 July.
We look forward to welcoming the next generation of firefighters into the Service!