Wholetime firefighters to be recruited in Cambridgeshire - Cambridgeshire

Wholetime firefighters are to be recruited by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS).

People interested in becoming a wholetime firefighter will need to ring a dedicated recruitment hotline (01487 830298), which opens at 10am on Saturday, February 6, and then attend one of 10 information events - details of which are on the CFRS website www.cambsfire.gov.uk.

Lines are open 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, and 8am until 8pm, Monday to Friday, closing at 8pm on Friday, February 12. There is one phone line and if it is engaged, people are encouraged to keep trying. 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 10 miles of the boundary of the county of Cambridgeshire, must be 18 on or before September 1, 2016, have five or more A* - C GCSEs or equivalent including maths and English language, be able to swim, hold a full UK driving licence without restrictions and not be subject to any unspent criminal convictions.

Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland said: "We have welcomed over 30 new wholetime firefighters into our ranks over the past 18 months and it has been rewarding to watch them become part of our Service. Every single one of our new firefighters has brought something different to CFRS and this reinforces why we want to receive applications from a wide range of people from varying backgrounds and experiences. There is a lot more to being a firefighter than running into burning buildings these days, and we look forward to showing our next cohort of firefighters the importance of keeping their community safe."

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.