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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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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.

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… Read more

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.

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… Read more

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.… Read more

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.

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… Read more

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.

My Story - Stephanie Ford

12 October 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

Stephanie previously worked in a legal profession and as a personal trainer. She wanted to become a firefighter to make a positive impact on her community.

Our communities are being encouraged to consider a new career this winter, as Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) will open for applications in November, searching for the brightest and best wholetime firefighters to join the Service.

By Louisa Roger, Marketing Manager

By Dawn Wright, Firefighter

When I joined Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) in March 2004 I was a mum to a 10-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son.

My story: Ellesse Pearce

21 September 2018  Posted in: Wholetime

Ellesse previously worked as a manager and special educational needs coordinator in a pre-school.

She joined for a new and challenging career that teaches her new skills every day.

Welcome!

14 September 2018  Posted in: General

Hello and welcome to the Yes You Can blog. This will keep you up to date with everything you need to know about upcoming Wholetime recruitment at Avon Fire & Rescue Service, events and any key application dates.