Want to know if firefighting is a career for you? We're taking positive action to encourage people from under–represented groups to come and "have a go"…
If you've ever felt like you're not achieving your full potential; long for a career with really great prospects for progression; want a career where you can make a real difference to the safety and wellbeing of your community, then perhaps a career as a firefighter may be just what you've been looking for but might not have considered – perhaps because you don't know what's involved.
Firefighting isn't just about fires. These days firefighters are just as likely to be in a classroom delivering a lesson in fire safety to children; working with a partner agency on developing a joint road safety campaign or delivering a safe and well visit in someone's home. But we do need our firefighters to have a good level of fitness and strength because when they're called to put out a fire; cut out someone trapped in a road traffic collision or operate a boat in a flood, we need them to respond quickly and competently.
We want our workforce to be as diverse as the communities we serve and to do this we particularly need to recruit more women and people from Black or Minority Ethnic Communities who are not only under-represented but who we know make great firefighters!
There's plenty of myths about what the job is like and often a sense that the physical requirements might be too great. You can see more in this video which has been created by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
We've organised a number of "Have a Go" sessions at some of our fire stations where we invite people from under-represented groups to drop-in and try out some of the physical tests you'd need to perform during recruitment and training and to talk more about the firefighter role. Appointments are not needed – just drop in. We advise you to wear trainers and clothes suitable for exercising when attending these sessions.