Updated: Aug 17, 2019
Become a Firefighter "Have a go day"
Sunday 11 August 09:30-16:00 hours
Central Fire and Rescue Station
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service will be recruiting wholetime firefighters across the Service this autumn.
Ahead of this, several ‘Have A Go’ days will take place over the next few weeks.
The ‘Have A Go’ days give you an insight into the role of a firefighter, the required strength, fitness and aptitude levels needed. They also give you the opportunity to speak with current firefighters about the role, and ask any questions you may have.
To encourage people from groups that are currently underrepresented in the workforce, there will be a number of Positive Action ‘Have A Go’ days aimed at women, black and minority ethnic and LGBT+ communities.
Positive Action is lawful under the Equality Act.
Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, Rick Taylor, said: “We are pleased to be recruiting for wholetime firefighters again this year. We would however, like our workforce to reflect the gender, multicultural and diverse communities we serve. In order to do this, we are running some focused events, encouraging applications from underrepresented groups, including women, black and minority ethnic and our LGBT+ communities.
“At these ‘Have A Go’ days, underrepresented groups in our workforce are invited to come forward and have a go at being a firefighter. By attending these sessions it will hopefully encourage them to apply for the role in the future.”
The next ‘Have A Go’ day is taking place on Sunday 11 August and this is open to LGBT+ only.
Other confirmed days so far are:
Saturday 17 August, 11:00-16:00 hours, Highfields Centre,
Sunday 18 August, 09:30-16:00 hours, Central Fire and Rescue Station -open to all Sunday 8 September, 09:30-16:00 hours, Central Fire and Rescue Station – open to all
Rick Taylor added: “By encouraging underrepresented groups to apply, it will not preclude applications from people who are not in these groups, but want a career in the fire service. Every applicant that successfully completes the application process will be judged on their merit – there will be no bias in favour of any particular group or individual.
“Whether you have aspirations of being a firefighter, or you’re looking to change career, this is the ideal opportunity for you to make a real difference to our objective of safer people, safer places.”
Where to find Central Fire and Rescue Station:
Lancaster Place, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HB
If media are planning on attending, please confirm your attendance in advance by contacting the Corporate Communications team on the details shown below.
For more information on our recruitment process or to register your interest in attending one of our ‘Have A Go’ days, please visit leics-fire.gov.uk/wholetime .
If you can’t make it. Don’t worry the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service will be at the Leicester Pride event on 31st August on Victoria Park.