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West Yorkshire Fire Bosses Ask 'Are You #FirefighterFit'?

WYRFS say they want to find more female firefighters.

With just days before applications open to join West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS), would-be recruits are being urged to get #FirefighterFit!

Last year was the first time WYFRS had recruited new firefighters in more than eight years, making it highly competitive. More than 7,000 people applied to attend a taster session, with more than 6,000 registering an interest to become a firefighter. After passing a number of physical, resilience, team working and empathy tests, 24 new recruits embarked on their new career on 8 January this year.

If you want to follow in their footsteps and serve the public of West Yorkshire, try it for yourself at one of our awareness sessions. Visit the WYFRS’s Eventbrite site to book a place now!

Station Manager Laura Boocock, who is in charge of the recruits teams at WYFRS Headquarters, said: “Although we had an overwhelming response last year from people wanting to become a firefighter, it was quite striking how many people underestimated how tough the entry tests are.

Chief Fire Officer John Roberts said: “This is an incredible opportunity to join our family and make a real difference. As a firefighter, you will deal with all manner of incidents, from fires to floods and rescues from height to Road Traffic Collisions.

"You will also spend a great deal of time in the community, giving safety advice to the most vulnerable people to keep them safe and well. If you are thinking of applying, don’t waste the opportunity – make sure you are prepared and book onto one of our awareness days.”

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