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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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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.

On Tuesday 4 December, we will reach stage three of the application process where applicants will be required to complete the online ability tests. 

Modern Firefighting - Heavy Rescue and RTC

28 November 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

By Gareth Lloyd, Station Manager and UKRO Education Lead for Extrication

Under the 2004 Fire and Rescue Services Act, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) has the legal duty to respond to Road Traffic Collisions and other… Read more

Application Form – Values

27 November 2018  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… Read more

Application form - Dos and Don'ts

23 November 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

With the first stage of wholetime applications now closed, you should begin to think about the next steps of the application process.

My Story: Helen Rogers

22 November 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

Before joining Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Helen was a clinical hypnotherapist for 10 years but wanted a job where she could put her work and life experience to good use.

Modern Firefighting – Animal Rescue

19 November 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

By Dave Matthews, Technical Services Watch Manager

As the role of a firefighter changes, so does the variety of incidents we respond to. Now, it is not just people that we will be called to help.

Recruitment is open

16 November 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) has opened wholetime applications, searching for the brightest and best firefighters to join the Service.

By Rachel King, Firefighter and dog handler at Hicks Gate

The role of a modern firefighter has changed and Avon Fire and Rescue Service deals with an increasing number of varying incidents, one of which is Urban Search and Rescue… Read more

My story: Matt Smith

14 November 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

Matt spent the last three years working on farms in Australia and applied while abroad.

Joining the Service was always something he wanted to do, so he kept an eye out for recruitment opportunities and spent time on his application.… Read more

Modern Firefighting – Water Rescue

12 November 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

By Fred Le Ouedec, Water Rescue Trainer and Firefighter at Bedminster fire station

As you are probably well aware by now, the role of a firefighter does not simply focus on firefighting and community work.

Over the last decade, the role of a firefighter has changed considerably. The job offers a satisfying, exciting and varied role, with no two days being the same.