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

1st March – 8th March (midnight) 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.

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.

Lancashire is a diverse place to live and inclusion is key to the work we do in minimising risk and keeping the people of Lancashire safe. With this in mind, we would welcome applications from under-represented groups.

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 March 2017

The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Recruitment process will be utilising an online recruitment process, it is essential therefore that you monitor your emails to ensure you do not miss any element of the process as alternative times and dates cannot be provided.

The recruitment process will result in recruitment to the role of trainee firefighters with effect from 19th June 2017 or January 2018, date to be confirmed, the process comprises a number of different stages.

A series of questions, Application Form and on-line assessments

1st – 8th March 2017 Closing Date: Midnight 8th March 2017

Candidates are encouraged to ensure that they have all the relevant details available when they commence completion of their application form including: Personal details, education dates and history, employment dates and history, qualification dates and history, referee name, address, telephone number and email address.

Both the series of questions and the application form will allow you to stop, edit and return to them, but once they have been submitted they cannot be retrieved.

Further to the completion of the application form you 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 you can complete them more quickly or take longer. Further to your application progressing to the next stage your on-line assessments will be verified.

Bleep Test and on-line assessments

24th March – 30th March 2017

In the event of your application progressing to the next stage, you will be invited to book onto a Bleep Test (Shuttle Run) and undertake further on-line assessments by Thursday 23rd March 12 noon. The Bleep Test and on-line assessments will take place at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Training Centre, West Way, Euxton, Chorley PR7 6DH. You should report to reception 15 minutes before your appointment. To undertake the Bleep Test you will be required to wear suitable loose-fitting clothing, such as a track suit or shorts and t-shirt and suitable training shoes. You will be required to attend the Training Centre for a morning slot commencing at 9.00am or an afternoon slot commencing at 1.00pm.

Practical Assessment Day

10th April – 13th April 2017

In the event of your application progressing to the next stage, you will be invited to book onto a Practical Assessment Day by Tuesday 7th April 12 noon; you will be required to report to reception 15 minutes before your appointment.

You must be physically fit and able to undertake strenuous physical activity. In the event of you being pregnant, on any form of medication, or recovering from illness or injury likely to impair your fitness you should consult your own doctor prior to attending the Practical Assessment Day.

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

To undertake the Practical Assessment Day, you will be 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 a pair of thick socks should also be brought for wearing with the fire boots.

You cannot have any valuables on your person throughout the day and therefore we suggest you leave them in your car or at home. Any valuables you bring are brought and left at your own risk.

You will need to take the complete medical assessment form and the ophthalmological assessment form which will need to be completed by an optician.

Full details of the Practical Assessment Day are available on the LFRS website.

Interview and Presentation

24th April – 5th May 2017

In the event of your application progressing to the next stage, you will be invited to book onto an interview by Friday 21st April 12 noon. The interview will take place at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Training Centre, West Way, Euxton, Chorley PR7 6DH. You 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 your interview slot. You should bring with you proof of identity on the day, by way of a valid passport or photographic driving licence plus your 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 comprising a series of questions which relate to the employee specification and the information you have provided in your application form.

Medical Assessment

10th May – 17th May 2017

The medical assessments will take place at the LFRS Occupational Health Unit, Chorley Community Fire Station, West Way, Euxton, Chorley PR7 6DH. Your medical will last approximately one hour. You will be invited to book a medical slot by Tuesday 9th May midnight.

Measuring for Uniform

22nd May – 26th May 2017

Measuring for Fire Kit will take place at LFRS Headquarters, Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 3LH. Your measuring will last approximately one hour, you will need to contact: Procurement and Stores on 01772 866920, after the 17th May and prior to the 22nd May to make an appointment.

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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