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The YesYOUCan blog is here to keep you up to date with all recruitment activity here at Avon Fire & Rescue Service. Get some great information about life in general at a busy Fire Service and how all roles at Avon Fire contribute to the safety of our communities.

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Navigating the speed interview

19 February 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

By Sarah Collins

If you score sufficiently at shortlisting then you will be invited to complete the fitness and strength tests and speed interviews.

Being a Mum and a Firefighter

13 February 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

By Ruth Guy

I joined the fire service in 2003 at the age of 23. My brother was a firefighter at the time & he loved it, so I decided to train hard & apply.

Our cultural journey

06 February 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

By Zoe Baker-Powell

Having a positive working environment makes any organisation a happier and more productive place to work.  

Firefighter A

04 February 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

This is the story of Firefighter A. You can be Firefighter A.

Person A was born into a small family in local authority housing. Their upbringing was not an unusual upbringing but life wasn’t always easy, moving home several times in inner… Read more

Try before you apply days

30 January 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

Want to know what it really takes to be a modern, ambitious firefighter for Avon Fire and Rescue Service?

Making a stand against mental health

24 January 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

Being a firefighter is a unique, varying and stimulating role, but it also comes with challenges. 

Progression and Promotion

22 January 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

By Sarah Collins

AF&RS investing in me

17 January 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

By Di Clack

Throughout 15 Years’ service, seven as a Firefighter and eight as an operational Crew Manager, I have served at a number of stations including Southmead, Temple, Kingswood & Yate.

Wholetime FAQ

09 January 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

As wholetime recruitment launches once again, here are some of the top frequently asked questions AF&RS receives. 

I want to know how to apply to become a Firefighter

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is encouraging people to consider a new career when it opens applications for wholetime firefighters in March 2020.

People from every community are being encouraged to consider Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) in the New Year as it begins the search for the brightest and best to join as wholetime firefighters.

Family Life and Control

08 November 2019  Posted in: Control

By Sam Day

When joining Control I had only worked Monday to Friday, nine to five. I was young and very social, living for the weekend. It soon became apparent that I could no longer go out every weekend, and sometimes I felt I… Read more

Memory test

30 October 2019  Posted in: Control

If you score sufficiently at the shortlisting stage, you will be invited to attend the assessment centre where you will be tested on a series of technical challenges.

How control works

22 October 2019  Posted in: Control

By Nathan White

By Hannah Cockram

The 12-week training school to become a Firefighter Control Operator is a busy and intense period but one that is enjoyable and rewarding.

Still going…

05 March 2019  Posted in: Wholetime

By Louisa Roger

By Steve Imrie, Area Manager, Duty Group Commander and Head of the Internal Improvement Team

Everyone always says that no two days are the same in the fire and rescue service – and that’s certainly true! 

Firefighters take part in a variety of different activities when responding to incidents or during training. Two basic but crucial skills include the ladder climb and crawling through a confined space.

Application Form - Shortlisting

03 December 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

If you are working your way through the application process, there will be a short delay from 19th December until 14th January where you will not hear from us. 

A member of the HR team will email you by the 14th January to advise if… Read more

Application Form - Personal statement

30 November 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

One of the key parts of the application form is your personal statement, which at just 1,500 must clearly show exactly why you would fit well with Avon Fire & Rescue Service, and what experience you would bring to the role.