The firefighter challenge

This summer Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is holding “Have a Go” sessions at many of its Community Fire Stations for anyone interested in a career as a firefighter.

These sessions with give those thinking of becoming a firefighter, or perhaps enjoy a physical and mental challenge, an insight in to the role of a modern day firefighter working for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The first of these takes place a Bedford Community Fire Station on Saturday 4 August and runs between 10am and 2pm with others taking place around the county during August and September.

What will happen on the open day

Each event kicks off at 10:00 sharp with a briefing. Those taking up the challenge to try-out as a firefighter will then receive their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and undergo a warm up before trying their hand at a variety of tasks including:

  • Climbing a ladder
  • Equipment carry
  • Equipment assembly
  • Using hydraulic equipment to play jenga
  • Wearing breathing apparatus (BA)
  • Simulated fire-fighting

You will be supported all the way by some of the current team of experienced firefighters. Once everyone has had a go at these tasks you will return your PPE and take part in a briefing session about On-Call and whole-time firefighter career paths where you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions about this challenging and fulfilling career.

A chance to ask questions on this career opportunity

Staff will be on hand to talk with you about the wider role of a firefighter working within the community to prevent fires and other emergencies and protect the public in their home, on the roads and in their workplaces. The practical events also provide an opportunity to undertake some of the activities that form our selection process in advance of your application.

If you’d like to see if you have what it takes to be a firefighter or just want to challenge yourself to an interesting day of inspiring activities please complete the Eventbrite form linked to each of the have-a-go sessions. As well as giving your name, you will be asked for your height and shoe size. This will help the service to judge your PPE requirements prior to the event.


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