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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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Speed interviews

Navigating the speed interview

06 April 2021  Posted in: Wholetime

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

You will be notified via email around the 23rd of June 2021 so please ensure that you are regularly…

Application form

Application form - Dos and Don'ts

06 April 2021  Posted in: Wholetime

For those of you who will be successful in the eligibility stage, there are several more stages to the application process, including online assessments, interviews, practical and physical tests.

Values

Application Form – Values

06 April 2021  Posted in: Wholetime

This year, the application form and what we are looking for from applicants has slightly changed. Rather than a community focus, applicants should look at Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s values and make sure their personal statement reflects…

Personal statement

Application Form - Personal statement

06 April 2021  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.

Firefighters in training

Application Form - Shortlisting

06 April 2021  Posted in: Wholetime

If you are working your way through the application process, there will be a short delay where you will not hear from us. 

Please ensure that you check your emails on a regular basis, including your junk/spam folders.

Two people in an interview

Interview tips and information

06 April 2021  Posted in: Wholetime

The interview lasts one hour and will comprise of six set questions which are the same for all candidates. It will be conducted by a panel of two members of staff.  You will be able to book the date and time slot for your interview on…

What is your role at AF&RS, where are you stationed and how long have you been with the Service?

Read about Dan Kelly

My Story: Dan Kelly

04 March 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

Prior to joining the fire service, Daniel was a prison officer at HMP Bristol. He wanted a role that presented him with challenges on a daily basis.

Firefighter Tim Jones

My Story: Tim Jones

04 March 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

Tim travelled the world with the army for 13 and half years before joining Avon Fire & Rescue Service, serving as a radio operator and military photographer.

Greg and Watch

My Story: Gregory Streete

04 March 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

Before joining Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Gregory Streete was a basketball player for the Bristol Flyers, a coach and youth worker.

He has also represented GB in basketball at in various age groups including under 16, 18 and 20. …

Ruth Guy

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.

Values

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.  

Read about Firefighter A

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…

TRiM

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. 

Crew Manager Rank Markings

Progression and Promotion

22 January 2020  Posted in: Wholetime

By Sarah Collins

Di Clack

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.

Firefighter

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

Sam Day

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…

Map at Control

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.

Nathan White

How control works

22 October 2019  Posted in: Control

By Nathan White