Surrey Fire and Rescue Service ‘have-a-go’ days

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Surrey Fire and Rescue Service ‘have-a-go’ days

Post by GaySurrey » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:44 pm

Were pleased to announce we will be working to support the firefighters of Surrey by creating new section on our site and plan to help raise awareness to the great work they do in Surrey.
This will be a great addition to the Gay Surrey website and will show people how pro active the firefighters are in Equality and Diversity

First events listed below, come show your support
We have more to come, so watch this space


Every day is different and so are our firefighters
Have you considered a career with the fire service? -


Saving a life requires skill, quick thinking, the ability to take charge of a situation, the capacity to work under pressure and the commitment to see a job through.

If this is you, you could be working with a dedicated team of highly skilled professionals at Surrey Fire and Rescue Service.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is looking for a diverse range of people with a flair for teamwork to join a 10-week, non-residential, Foundation Firefighter course at the start of the autumn.

Successful applicants will be selected fairly on the basis of the National Firefighter Selection process which includes an application sift, psychometric assessments, an interview, medical/physical assessments and criminal records bureau clearance and reference check.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is aiming to recruit a team that reflects and embraces the diversity of Surrey and is therefore seeking a mix of firefighters from all backgrounds to be able to effectively engage with all sections of the community.

Historically the number of applications from women and other under-represented groups in Surrey has been low so this year the Service is holding a series of ‘have-a-go’ days aimed at encouraging interest from these groups.

HR Manager for the Service, Pauline Pellerito explains: “There are a lot of misconceptions in the community which stop certain groups from coming forward and applying to us. With these ‘have-a-go’ days we hope to alter people’s perceptions of the fire service and show them that firefighting is a credible and professional career option available to them.”

The details for the two scheduled ‘have-a-go’ days are:

· Walton fire station on Thursday 28 August with sessions at 2pm and 6pm

· Woking fire station on Saturday 27 September with sessions at 10am, 1pm and 4pm

During each session attendees will be given an overview of the application and training process, experience wearing the breathing apparatus, take part in two drill exercises and listen to the experiences of firefighters who are on hand on the day.

To book your place at one of these sessions please call 01737 224058.

Gino Meriano, Chair of Gay Surrey said: “We’re working with the fire service to promote events such as these to our members via our website, http://www.gaysurrey.org. Our experience is that the fire service has a positive attitude towards diversity and I feel confident that if our members were to apply they would be treated equally and given the support they needed.”


Station Manager Karen Pointer who is providing support at the ‘have-a-go’ days said: “When I joined the Service 12 years ago, I was the eighth female firefighter to be appointed. There are now 20 female firefighters – some of who have progressed into senior roles. However, whilst this is encouraging, we represent less than 5% of the operational staff, which is why I’m helping to support these events. “Females are physically capable of undertaking the role of a firefighter. The equipment we use, the uniforms we wear, the vehicles we ride in, are all designed to suit the needs of both sexes. The ‘have-a-go’ days are a great opportunity for women to see for themselves what the role of a firefighter entails and to find out more in a relaxed, informal environment.”

Ray Antrobus, wholetime firefighter at Painshill fire station and retained firefigher at Haslemere said: “When I came to the UK from the Caribbean I joined the Service as a part-time firefighter at Haslemere fire station as a way making friends, laying some roots and getting to know the area.

“I’ve always done a lot of volunteering and I saw this as a way of helping the community. I was warmly accepted and as a result I got more and more involved with the Service, which lead to me making the transition to wholetime firefighting.

“I had lots of support during this time and when it comes to your development I’ve found the senior management to be both approachable and encouraging”.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is an equal opportunities employer looking for outstanding individuals to join its team. For more information about Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and the application process visit: http://www.surrey-fire.gov.uk

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Notes
· Positive Action events such as ‘have-a-go’ days are a legal means of increasing the pool of applicants from minority groups and comply with UK discrimination laws. This will support the Service in achieving level 3 of the Local Government standard, the National Diversity Strategy and the National Framework.

· One ‘have-a-go’ day has already taken place at the end of July at Epsom fire station. Of the 50 people who attended the Service was successful in attracting the interest of 7 females including one black Afro-Caribbean woman. All 7 women said the event was useful and informative and that they would consider applying.

· Trainee firefighters follow a structured firefighter development programme leading to an NVQ level 3 award (Operations in the Community).

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