North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Recruiting Wholetime Firefighters for the first time in 10 years

Published 7th Jun 2019

For the first time in 10 years we’re recruiting brand new Wholetime firefighters into the Service.

From today (10th June) we’ll be running an awareness campaign, before the application window opens on the 1st July 2019.

Over the next few years lots of firefighters will leave the Service, so we need to recruit new firefighters to make sure we have enough staff to crew our fire engines.

Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie said: “We constantly recruit on-call firefighters. Over recent years some of those, along with transferring firefighters from other services, have joined as wholetime firefighters. It’s been ten years since we last welcomed applications from the public for wholetime firefighters.

The role of a modern day firefighter is very varied, it’s much more than just attending emergency incidents. It’s also about educating communities about safety, engaging with people, and delivering activities and events. We need people who are caring, compassionate and creative, who enjoy working as part of a team and who want to make a truly positive difference to people.

Such a varied role, needs a varied workforce and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We need to improve our diversity to reflect our diverse communities, so we are particularly interested in groups who are under-represented within the Service currently. 

It is important to emphasise that all applicants must go through the same recruitment process and achieve the same standards in the assessments in order to become a wholetime firefighter.

Our message is simple; this is great opportunity to join a brilliant organisation. So if you’ve always dreamt of becoming a firefighter or you’ve never considered it before but think it could be the job for you, we’d love to hear from you.”

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said: “This is an important development within North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and shows how much work has been done over the past six months since the transfer of governance. I promised to listen to firefighters, fire service staff, residents and businesses about what their priorities were for the Service and this open recruitment campaign, the first for a decade, is a result of what they said.

Despite the huge financial pressure we face, we are committed to developing and improving North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. I hope this shows that determination in action. I also hope that anyone interested in joining the brilliant men and women who currently work as both wholetime and on call firefighters consider applying for these important roles.

We are holding a number of awareness events for people who may be interested in applying. Details of these are below. Some of these are open to all, and some are specifically to support and raise awareness of the role of a firefighter in under-represented groups. The contents of each session are the same and all applicants will go through the same recruitment process.

 Date Location Time Open to Booking Link
Frdiay 14th June 

York fire station,Kent Street, Y010 4AH

9am-12noon Open to all link
Saturday 15th June

Training Centre, Oaklands Way,Easingwold, YO61 3FA

10:30am-1pm Open to all link
Sunday 23rd June

Harrogate fire station, Skipton Road,Harrogate HG1 4LE

2pm-5pm Open to all link
Monday 24th June

York fire station, Kent Street,YO10 4AH

6pm-8:30pm Female only link
Tuesday 25th June

Scarborough fire station, North Marine Road, Scarborough YO12 7EY

6pm-8:30pm Female only link
Wednesday 26th June

Harrogate fire station, Skipton Road, Harrogate, HG1 4LE

10:30am-1pm Female only link
Friday 28th June

Training Centre, Oaklands Way, Easingwold, YO61 3FA

5:30pm-8pm Female only link
Saturday 29th June

Malton fire station, Sheepfoot Hill, Malton, YO17 7DX

10:30am-1pm Female only link
Sunday 30th June

Scarborough fire station, North Marine Road, Scarborough YO12 7EY

10:30am- 1pm Open to all link

The recruitment window will then open on the 1st July and close on the 14th July 2019.Find out more and book on to a session via the Eventbrite links on our website

We look forward to welcoming the next generation of firefighters into the Service!