The Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is actively recruiting duty firefighters at all of its duty fire stations, including Ashfield.
There, Carl Tolley is one of the firefighters who encourage others to join in saying it’s a great way for people to âhelp their own communityâ.
The only requirement to be a firefighter is to be 18 years old at the start of the training and to live and / or work five minutes from the fire station.
The work includes educating the community on fire safety, performing home safety checks, and visiting schools and community events. Firefighters also face other types of emergencies such as road and rail accidents, floods, chemical spills, and rescuing people from trapped elevators.
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According to the service, there is a “common misconception” that only great, strong men can be firefighters.
âIn reality, firefighters come in all kinds, shapes and sizes,â says the service.
âThere are no height restrictions and you don’t have to be exceptionally strong, of course you have to be in good physical condition because being a firefighter is physically demanding. Equipment can be heavy, but remember you will be working as a team!
No qualifications are required, but applicants are required to pass selection tests including literacy and numeracy at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE AC).
The application process includes application, skills test, job-related test weekend; including fitness tests, panel interviews, medical and disclosure exams, and excluded service checks. If successful, candidates get their uniforms before starting a course at the Service Development Center in Ollerton
Ashfield Fire Station firefighter Carl Tolley said: âThe best thing about being a firefighter on call is knowing that the majority of calls we answer will be a short distance from our fire station. , which means that I most definitely help people within my own community.
âIf you would like to apply, my advice would be to go. The excitement of traveling under the blue lights is incredible, and something you won’t know unless you try. If you have any doubts, apply and all your questions will be answered.