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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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Heavy rescue

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…

Values

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…

Application form

Application form - Dos and Don'ts

23 November 2018  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.

Helen Rogers

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.

Horse rescue

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.

Yes You Can

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…

Matt smith water rescue

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.…

Water rescue

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.

Louisa training

Becoming firefighter fit - Busy much?

08 November 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

By Louisa Roger, Marketing Manager

So I am halfway into week five and I feel exhilarated, excited and dead enthusiastic about the training still to come whereas just last week I felt exhausted and pretty stressed out about the…

Recruitment panel

Rewatch -  Recruitment Q&A

07 November 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

With recruitment fast approaching, a panel of four staff from across Avon Fire & Rescue Service took part in a live Q&A on Facebook.

Mick with new firefighters

Joining the Fire Service family

06 November 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

By Mick Crennell, Chief Fire Officer for Avon Fire & Rescue Service

Following the success of our recent recruitment campaigns, I’m really pleased that we are recruiting again and expanding our fire service family even further…

New recruits 2018

Application dates announced

05 November 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) will be recruiting wholetime firefighters from mid-November

Aspiring firefighters will be able to register via the Yes You Can website for an eligibility screening from the 16th November.…

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.

Liam Bamford

My story: Liam Bamford

26 October 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

Liam previously worked as a team leader for G4S Cash Solutions and became a first-time dad in the New Year. 

He had applied twice before, both of which were unsuccessful, but his sheer deamination and drive meant he eventually did…

On-call firefighters were the guests of honour at an Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) passing out parade on Friday (19/10).

By Louisa Roger, Marketing Manager

It’s all about the base.

So it’s time to talk baselines and have a reality check. This is where I need to be compared to where I am now:

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) has teamed up with the Bristol Flyers women’s team for fitness tests as part of a recruitment campaign.

By Richard Wheeler, Red Watch Crew Manager at Avonmouth fire station

Historically fire and rescue services around the country and the world have always taken part in charity fundraising.