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Wholetime recruitment

Coming soon! We will be opening recruitment for wholetime firefighters in October 2020. Click here to see how much you know about the role of a firefighter.

Do you have what we need?

If you think you can’t be a firefighter because you don’t meet the stereotype you have in your head, think again! If you care about the safety of others and want to be part of the community, working to help keep communities safe, this could be the job for you.

Do you have these characteristics?

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to putting equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do. We welcome applications from all members of our community and encourage those from under-represented groups to join us.

To support our inclusive approach, we carry out various activities to positively attract those from under-represented groups such as women and people from black and minority ethnic communities to see that becoming a firefighter could be the career for them. By diversifying our workforce, we will gain the benefits that this brings in terms of reflecting our community, a wider variety of skills, creativity, innovation, and an increased cultural insight into the communities we serve.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to be able to apply for the role of firefighter:

As well as the above criteria, candidates will need to meet the required fitness standards, medical health check and eyesight standards for entry.

Want to start getting ready?

You can start preparing for the fitness and practical job-related tests now with our 12-week fitness plan. Click here to access the fitness plan and see more information about the fitness requirements.

Outline of process and timescales

October 2020 registration of interest and online tests
November 2020 those successful following the online tests will be invited to complete an application
November and December 2020 fitness assessments and document checks
January 2021 practical and verification testing
February and March 2021 interviews and presentations
April 2021 eyesight tests and medicals
April/May 2021 onwards appointments made

The above timeline may be subject to variation and there may be additional assessments required, depending on the number of applications received.

Where will the new jobs be based?

We are recruiting to our wholetime fire stations, which are as follows (use the links to find out more about each): Chippenham, Christchurch, Ferndown, Poole, Redhill Park, Salisbury, Springbourne, Stratton, Swindon, Trowbridge, Westbourne, Westlea and Weymouth.

What happens next?

We will be holding virtual events in August and September to give you more information and answer any questions you have. More detailed information about what each stage of the process involves will be added to this website nearer the time – so keep a look out! You can also follow us on social media for the latest updates - @DWFireRescue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. However, if you have an urgent enquiry, please email us at [email protected]

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