FIREFIGHTER JOBS

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?

ARE YOU OPEN TO A CHALLENGE?

DO YOU WORK WELL IN A TEAM?

HAVE YOU GOOD LEVELS OF FITNESS?

APPLY TO BECOME A WHOLETIME FIREFIGHTER

9:00 am 16th October – noon 23rd October 2017

If you are looking for a job with variety, a challenge and good career progression, we are currently recruiting firefighters. It is essential that you have a minimum of three GCSE’s including English language and maths at Grade A – C, or equivalent functional skills level 2 in numeracy and literacy plus one other.

You must be able to deal calmly and professionally with people in distress and emergencies like fires, road traffic collisions, chemical spills and floods, working alongside other emergency services and your colleagues as part of a multi-disciplinary team. In addition, you must be able to communicate clearly and be capable of delivering community safety messages to local groups and also be able to support vulnerable people with different needs who live in the community.

In addition, we are keen to recruit people who can reflect our core values in terms of working in a positive, non-judgmental way, who actively listen and value the contribution of others.

We have many specialist roles such as Fire Investigation, Urban Search and Rescue and Community Safety. Depending on your ambition, we offer the potential of a rich and varied career.

Please note candidates must hold a current category “B” car full driving licence that entitles the individual to drive in the UK without restrictions.

Additional benefits include:

SALARY/ANNUAL LEAVE

Competitive salary, pension scheme and annual leave entitlement

CHILDCARE VOUCHERS

Childcare vouchers for eligible staff

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Training and development opportunities

Wholetime Recruitment Process October 2017

The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Wholetime Firefighter Selection process will be managed on-line. It is essential therefore that applicants monitor their emails to ensure that they do not miss any element of the process as alternative times and dates cannot be provided. Candidates are encouraged to apply using a laptop or desktop PC as candidates may not be able to access, or complete all relevant information, or tests associated with the recruitment process if using an IPad or smart phone. It is anticipated that the dates of recruitment will be as follows.

Information regarding each stage of the selection process:

The recruitment process will open at 9.00am on 16 October 2017 and close on 12.00 noon at 23 October 2017.

Application Form and On-line Tests: 16 October – 23 October 2017

Candidates are encouraged to ensure they have all the relevant details available when they commence completion of the application form. Both the series of questions and the application form will allow candidates to stop, edit and return to them, but once submitted they cannot be retrieved

Further to the completion of the application form candidates will be required to complete a series of on-line assessments. We anticipate they will take in the region of 90 minutes to complete, but they can be completed more quickly or take longer. Applicants who applied for the role of Wholetime Firefighter in March 2017 and were invited to Bleep are not required to complete the initial on-line tests as they have already met the required standard.

The website will give candidates the option to register and submit a brief CV, candidates are not required to do this as part of the wholetime selection process itself, and may proceed straight to the application form if they so wish.

This stage is extremely competitive and candidates are encouraged to detail all their evidence under each area of the employee specification.

Book On: Bleep Test and On-line assessments: 28 November – 1 December 2017

Candidates will be advised by Email if their application form and online tests have been successful and requested to book on a Multi-Stage Shuttle Run or Chester Treadmill Test and undertake further on-line assessments in ICT and Situational Judgement.

The Multi-Stage Shuttle Run (Bleep) / Chester Treadmill Test and On-line assessments: 4 December – 15 December 2017

The Multi-Stage Shuttle Run (Bleep) / Chester Treadmill Test demonstrates the required levels of fitness. All candidates will be required to indicate their preference before attending the test day. The standard required will be 42.3VO2 (equivalent to level 8.6 on the Multi-Stage Shuttle Run/Chester Treadmill Test). These tests and the On-line assessments will take place at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre, West Way, Euxton, Chorley, PR7 6DH. Candidates should report to reception 15 minutes before the appointment. To undertake the Fitness Test candidates will be required to wear suitable loose-fitting clothing, such as a track suit or shorts and t-shirt and suitable training shoes.

Book On: Practical Assessment Day: 20 December – 22 December 2017

Candidates will be advised by Email if they can proceed to the next stage of the recruitment process which is the Practical Assessment Day.

Practical Assessment Day: 5 January – 12 January 2018

The Practical Assessment Day will take place at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre, West Way, Euxton, Chorley, PR7 6DH and will comprise: Ladder Climb, Ladder Extension, Ladder Lift, Confined Space, Equipment Carry and Casualty Evacuation tests.

Candidates will be required to report to reception 15 minutes before their appointment. Candidates must be physically fit and able to undertake strenuous activity. In the event of a candidate being pregnant, on medication, or recovering from illness or injury they should consult with their own doctor prior to attending the Practical Assessment Day.

To undertake the Practical Assessment Day, candidates are required to wear suitable clothing which will be worn under firefighting kit, such as jogging type trousers and a t-shirt. A pair of thin and thick socks should also be brought for wearing with fire boots.

Candidates cannot leave any valuables on their person throughout the day and therefore it is suggested that you leave them at home. Any valuables brought are left at a candidates’ own risk.

Candidates will be required to book on a morning slot or an afternoon slot it is anticipated that that the session will take in the region of 3 hours.

Book on Interview: 22 January – 26 January 2018

Candidates will be advised by Email if they can proceed to the next stage of the recruitment process which is the Presentation and Interview.

The presentation and interview will take up to an hour.

Presentation and Interview: 29 January 2018 – 9 February 2018

The presentation and interview will take place at LFRS Headquarters, Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3LH. Candidates should attend in smart attire; candidates already employed in a uniformed service are not required to wear uniform. You should report to Reception 10 minutes prior to the interview slot. You should bring with you proof of your identity on the day, in the form of a valid passport or photographic driving licence plus any original qualification certificates and driving licence.

Your interview will comprise a presentation which you will be notified of in advance and an interview with a number of Officers from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. The interview will comprise a series of questions which relate to the employee specification and the information you have provided on your application form.

Book on Medical Assessment: 19 February 2018 – 23 February 2018

Candidates will be invited to book on a medical; the assessment can take up to an hour.

Medical Assessment: 12 March 2018 – 16 March 2018

The medical assessments will take place at the LFRS Occupational Health Unit, Chorley, Community Fire Station, West Way Euxton, Chorley PR7 6DH. Your medical appointment will last approximately one hour.

Measuring for Uniform: 23rd April – 27 April 2018

Measuring for fire kit will take place at LFRS Headquarters, Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3LH. The process will take approximately one hour, successful candidates will need to contact: Procurement and Stores on 01772 866920

Commencement of Recruits Course 18th June 2018 or 14th January 2019

The basic training for a firefighter is a 12 week long, non-residential course which takes place at our Training Centre at Chorley.

The trainee rate of pay during the recruits’ course is £22,237 per annum. Upon successful completion of the Wholetime Recruits Course your salary will increase to the rate of £23,162 which is the Firefighter Development rate of pay. You will achieve the competent rate of pay upon successful completion of units of competence as the firefighter role map as per LFRS Service Order.

Upon successful completion of the 13 week course, you will be allocated a station base. LFRS operate a number of duty systems, and as a new recruit, you could be posted to any station or any duty system.

Job Title: Firefighter

Responsible to: Crew/Watch Manager

Grade: Firefighter

Hours: As per shift pattern

Location: As determined by the Chief Fire Officer

Car Parking: Free Car Parking Facilities are available at Fire Stations

Pension: Fire Fighters Pension Scheme

Annual Leave Entitlement: 23 days per annum plus 3 additional days after 5 years continuous service plus bank holidays. The booking and taking of leave is prescribed as per Service Orders

Other Terms and Conditions: National Joint Council for Local Authorities Fire Brigades.

Car Categorisation: Able to drive and possession of a current category ‘B’ car full UK driving licence that entitles you to drive in the UK without restrictions. If it carries any endorsements, clearance will be required from the Head of Fleet and Technical Services before you can be appointed even if you are successful at interview.

Clearances: Satisfactory references and Occupational Health Assessment

It is unacceptable for any LFRS employee to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at work. Such employees pose unnecessary risks to themselves and to their colleagues. Further, the behaviour of those who work in safety critical roles and safety critical support roles can affect both the safety of members of the public and public confidence in the Authority. LFRS has legal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of its employees, and employees are obliged not to endanger the health or well-being of others by their acts or omissions.

To this end, LFRS will screen all candidates selected for employment for illegal drugs and alcohol. This will be carried out at our Occupational Health Unit, under strict protocols and confidentially. Any candidate who refuses to be screened will not be employed. Any candidate who tests positive for illegal drugs or unsafe levels of alcohol will not be employed.

Making Lancashire Safer

Our Aim

The intended result of all our efforts is to: make Lancashire safer. This is what we are here to achieve. We seek to do this by delivering prevention, protection and emergency response services; using our trusted position in the community to influence the wider safety of people and working in partnership with other organisations where we have shared objectives.

Our Priorities

We have FOUR main priorities: -

  • Preventing fires and other emergencies from happening.
  • Protecting people and property when fires happen.
  • Responding to emergencies quickly and competently.
  • Valuing our people so they can focus on making Lancashire safer.
  • Delivering value for money in how we use our resources.

The way we work to achieve Our Priorities is as important as what we do. ‘STRIVE’ reflects the Service’s on-going desire to make great effort to achieve our purpose of making Lancashire safer:

Service: making Lancashire safer is the most important thing we do and we work in a diligent and competent way.

Trust: We trust the people we work with and we contribute to a positive workplace.

Respect: We demonstrate consideration of others and we recognise how our behaviour may impact on others.

Integrity: We do what we say we will do and we work in a professional, positive non-judgmental way.

Valued: We actively listen and recognise the contribution of others whatever their role, background, ideas, views, or approach.

Empowered: We are encouraged to contribute to decision making, to resolve problems and we are accountable for our decisions, actions and behaviours.

You can read our full Integrated Risk Management Plan

Job Role

To deliver an emergency service by performing firefighting, rescue and other work as part of a team which resolves incidents, saves and preserves life, property and the environment.

To deliver a range of community safety programmes and services to protect the public and make communities safer.

Duties

  • To provide an immediate response to all emergency and special services calls (including fire, transport and HAZMAT incidents), saving and preserving endangered life and property.
  • To assess risk, understand risk and undertake appropriate risk assessments.
  • To treat casualties and support people involved in incidents and emergencies.
  • To collect and record information from incidents for future use in reports etc.
  • To prepare and present evidence for formal proceedings if required.
  • To monitor, check, test and maintain fire appliances and related equipment to ensure a high state of preparedness and maintain operational readiness.
  • To drive, manoeuvre and deploy LFRS vehicles as required.
  • To effectively utilise Information Technology.
  • To maintain an up to date knowledge and apply health, safety and risk management legislation and practice.
  • To acquire and maintain a good working knowledge of buildings and structures, local topography, environmental or special risks and controls, potential hazards, water supplies and fixed installations.
  • To take responsibility for personal performance and attend drills, exercises, lectures, training programmes and fitness programmes to maintain a high standard of fitness, practical and technical knowledge and competence.
  • To maintain a high standard of personal discipline.
  • To consistently display excellent positive workplace behaviours towards colleagues and members of the public.
  • To create and maintain a good working relationship with colleagues and contribute to decision-making for the effectiveness of the team.
  • To work collaboratively with other partners, agencies and other blue light services.
  • To inform and educate the community to improve awareness of community safety matters and to deliver risk reduction programmes, including presentations, to protect the public and to make communities safe.
  • To engage with the media and provide information about community safety.
  • At all times promote a positive image of LFRS in dealing with other organisations and members of the public.
  • To support and contribute to local initiatives that may arise from the Station, Watch and local community.

It is unacceptable for any LFRS employee to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at work. Such employees pose unnecessary risks to themselves and to their colleagues. Further, the behaviour of those who work in safety critical roles and safety critical support roles can affect both the safety of members of the public and public confidence in the Authority. LFRS has legal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of its employees, and employees are obliged not to endanger the health or well-being of others by their acts or omissions.

To this end, LFRS will screen all candidates selected for employment for illegal drugs and alcohol. This will be carried out at our Occupational Health Unit, under strict protocols and confidentially. Any candidate who refuses to be screened will not be employed. Any candidate who tests positive for illegal drugs or unsafe levels of alcohol will not be employed.

Employee Specification

Qualifications Essential Desirable Assess by
Minimum of three GCSE’s including in English language and maths at grade A - C or above or equivalent i.e. Level 2 functional skills in numeracy and literacy plus one other Yes A
A degree or equivalent qualification Yes A
Possession of a current category ‘B’ car full UK driving licence that entitles you to drive in the UK without restrictions Yes A
Possession of a current Category ‘C’ driving licence Yes A
Experience
Supporting or working with local communities Yes AI
Working independently and on your own initiative Yes AI
Working in a practical way and identifying solutions to problems Yes AI
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
An awareness of the role of a Firefighter Yes AIT
Can evidence an understanding of diversity and adopts a fair and ethical approach to other people Yes AITR
The ability to support vulnerable people with different needs Yes AITR
The ability to deal sensitively with people in difficult situations Yes AITR
The ability to use IT competently Yes T
The ability to present written work neatly, accurately and concisely Yes A
The ability to communicate clearly and at a level appropriate to the audience Yes AI
The ability to work effectively with others in a team, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team Yes AITR
Actively seeks to support change and improvement in the workplace Yes AITR
Is committed to personal development of oneself and others and can demonstrate an ability to continually develop their skills Yes AITR
An ability to maintain a calm, confident and resilient response in highly challenging situations Yes AITR
An ability to understand the importance of a safe working environment and an ability to take active steps to promote safe working Yes AITR
The ability to learn, understand, retain, recall and apply information Yes AITR
The ability to follow instructions Yes AITR
The ability to effectively assess risk Yes AITR
Able to swim 50 metres in less than 70 seconds, able to jump/dive into deep water, tread water for 30 seconds. Yes AITR
Special Requirements Yes AITR

Able to drive and possession of a current category ‘B’ car full UK driving licence that entitles you to drive in the UK without restrictions.

Ability to work at heights.

Ability to work in confined spaces.

Ability to work in situations where you may see blood, seriously injured and deceased people.

Good aerobic capacity.

Satisfactory hearing.

Willing to work rostered shifts including weekend and public holidays.

Willing to work on any of LFRS current shift systems which will include nights, weekends and public holidays including DC and DCP and at any location in Lancashire.

These are all essential requirements

Key

A : Application Form

I : Interview

T : Test

R : Reference

Candidates will be assessed throughout the recruitment process in relation to all areas identified within the employee specification.

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