Baseline Personal Security Screening
As a minimum, DWFRS carries out pre-employment checks under the four main elements of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS). This includes identity, nationality and immigration status (a ‘Right to Work’ check), employment history (including satisfactory references) and a criminal record check. A medical check is also required, which will include an eyesight test for wholetime and oncall roles.
Identity & Right to Work Checks
To comply with the law under Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, we will need proof of your eligibility to work in the UK. This evidence can be in the form of a passport or birth certificate, along with your National Insurance card or your most recent P45 or P60. For further information, please refer to www.gov.uk/prove-right-to-work
You will be asked to provide evidence of this in the recruitment process, at which point your identity will also be confirmed.
Employment History & References
All applicants will be required to provide a minimum of the last three years of their employment, education and training history and will be asked to explain any gaps in employment of more than a month. References will be requested for candidates who are successful in this recruitment process and will be taken up before any formal offer of appointment can be confirmed. References must include at least two people who are willing to supply a reference for you; one must be from your current or most recent employer (or teacher). You may not use relatives as referees.
Criminal Record Check
The Services approach to the recruitment of ex-offenders is set out in our Policy Statement. We will undertake a minimum of a Standard DBS Checks on new and existing staff who are moving role. The level of check undertaken will be determined by the role you will be doing.
All Fire and Rescue Service staff are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, as the nature of the jobs falls within the type of work excluded from the Act by the 1975 Exception Amendment. Applicants will be asked to declare all cautions or convictions, even if they are ‘spent’ under the provisions of the Act unless it is a protected or filtered offence.