Wholetime firefighters are being recruited by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) for the first time since 2006.
People interested in becoming a wholetime firefighter can call 01480 444591, which opens at 10am today (Saturday, March 15), and then attend one of ten information events – details of which are on the CFRS website www.cambsfire.gov.uk.
Lines are open 10am to 4pm on weekends and 8am until 8pm weekdays.
Those interested in applying should only call the dedicated number and should not call outside of these hours.
Lines will close when all 500 spaces at the information events have been filled.
Candidates must permanently reside within ten miles of the boundary of the county of Cambridgeshire, must be 18 on or before October 1, 2014, have five or more A* - C GCSEs or equivalent, be able to swim, hold a full UK driving licence without restrictions and not be subject to any unspent criminal convictions.
Chris Strickland, deputy chief fire officer, said: “This is an exciting time for the fire service as we prepare to recruit wholetime firefighters to our frontline service.
“Being a firefighter isn’t about being the biggest, strongest or most brave – there is much more to this career than running head first into a burning building.
“More and more of the day to day work of a wholetime firefighter is centered around preventing fires and other emergencies, educating people about fire risk and providing advice about keeping safe.
“We’re looking for people from a range of backgrounds who can bring different skills to a crew of firefighters.”
Interested candidates will have to attend an information event and undertake a thorough assessment process, including physical assessments and fitness and written tests.
For full details about becoming a wholetime firefighter and the selection process, log on to www.cambsfire.gov.uk and follow the link on the homepage.
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