You’ll need certain personal qualities and attributes to help you fulfil your role as a firefighter such as commitment to diversity, integrity, confidence, empathy, adaptability and effective communication.
The role of a firefighter is ever-changing. Although responding to emergencies is what we’re known for, the reality is that we spend a lot of time carrying out other roles and tasks including prevention and education, training and development and working within the community.
Prevention and Education
- prevent fire and accidents from starting in the first place
- supporting the health agenda through falls response and working empathetically to help and care for people in whatever cap
- delivering Safe and Well visits and advising people about risks to their safety, health and wellbeing.
Working within the community
- support the community by visiting schools, community centres and people in their own homes – in fact, anywhere our fire safety message can be delivered
- actively seeking to understand and to value diverse individuals and groups, working with some of the most vulnerable members of our communities
- school and nursery visits where we deliver bespoke safety education.
Training and Development
- undertake a continuous training programme of lectures, exercises, practical training sessions and other forms of training to maintain competency levels
- take responsibility for developing your own skills
- ensuring your fitness levels are maintained, as the work can be both physically and mentally demanding.
Responding to Emergencies
- respond immediately and safely to all emergency calls
- minimise distress and suffering, including giving first aid
- dealing with many kinds of emergencies, including pumping out flooded premises, chemical spillages, providing casualty care and extraction at road traffic accidents and rescuing people who are trapped in buildings or lifts.
Got what it takes?
Traditionally, firefighters are seen as dealing with fires and rescuing people from burning buildings.
But the majority of the work that firefighters are involved in is community fire safety work. This ‘prevention’ work recognises that the best way of fighting fire is to stop it from starting in the first place – mainly by educating and informing the public
As a firefighter you will find yourself involved with schools, community volunteer groups, and other organisations. Being able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people is important, as is treating people with dignity and respect, irrespective of their backgrounds and cultures.
They also need to deal sensitively with members of the public when they are distressed and confused and be able to solve problems using relevant information. Your initiative and empathy is very important.
To be considered for selection as a West Midlands firefighter you must be at least 18 years old when you apply, be physically fit to meet the requirements of the role and you must live within the West Midlands Fire Service area (postcodes will be checked and proof of address will be required).
If you would like to register your interest in joining the West Midlands Fire Service as a Firefighter, please follow this link – http://www.beafirefighter.co.uk/west-midlands-fire-service/?r=website