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Vacancy Details

Location: Training & Development Academy
Region: Liverpool
Job Type: Permanent Full Time
Vacancy Group: Uniformed
Closing Date: 11/24/2020
Date Posted: 11/11/2020
Reference: FF2020



Our Firefighters come from all different backgrounds but have one thing in common – a commitment to protect, serve and support our communities.

Our Firefighters are called upon to help the most vulnerable in Merseyside in their hour of need as well as promote safer and healthier lifestyles for all.  Our Firefighters need to demonstrate empathy and compassion as well as be comfortable with taking responsibility to bring about positive solutions.  

 If you’re looking for a life-changing career where you make a difference every day, then being a Firefighter could be for you!

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service are recruiting for Trainee Wholetime Firefighters to join our Recruit Courses in 2021.

We are looking for people with the right skills and values who are just as passionate as we are in working to make the communities of Merseyside safer and stronger. 

We have a long and proud history.  Be part of our future.

The role: 

Hours: 42 hours per week (48 hours over 8 days) with 42 hours of retained cover per week also.

Trainee Salary: £23, 833 per annum 

Upon successful completion of the Recruit Training course and subsequent development within the role, salary will increase to £31, 767 per annum with an additional 10% for providing retained cover. 

If you believe that you meet the criteria as set out in the Person Specification, please complete the on-line application form to be considered for this exciting career. 

Please note the proposed dates for the Firefighter selection process: 

Closing date:  Midnight, Tuesday 24th November 2020

**Should we receive a sufficient amount of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert early**

Initial on-line assessments: w/c 30th November 2020

 **Candidates should expect to hear whether they have passed the on-line assessments by the middle of January 2021.**

Physical Assessments:  25th January – 5th February 2021

Assessment Centres:  Various dates throughout February 2021

Interviews:  w/c 15th March 2021

Commencement date:  May and September 2021

Important information for completing your application form

If you have the required qualifications, you must attach copies of your certificates when submitting your application.  Failure to do so will result in you being asked to complete numeracy and literacy assessments. 

If you have not attained the required qualifications as indicated in the Person Specification, you can still apply for this vacancy.  Should you reach the interview stage of the selection process, you will be asked to complete numeracy and literacy assessments before proceeding to interview.  Further information will be provided at that time. 

On-line assessments
As part of the initial stages of the selection process, you will be asked to complete two on-line assessments which are designed to assess your suitability for the role of Firefighter.  These two assessments are a Behavioural Styles Questionnaire and a Situational Judgement Test.  Information around these assessments can be found on the document attached to this advert.  Please keep a copy of this document for your records.

Criminal Convictions
When completing the application form you will be asked to declare any criminal convictions.  The role of a Firefighter is eligible as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (exemptions) Order 1975 therefore candidates conditionally offered a role as a Firefighter will need to complete an Enhanced DBS check where all convictions, including those that are spent, will be disclosed.  As such, we encourage all candidates to declare and provide details for all unspent and spent convictions at this stage of the process.   
Having a criminal record does not prohibit any candidate from progressing through the selection process.  This information is kept confidential and will not form any part of any selection decision during the process.  Criminal convictions will only be discussed as part of pre-employment checks should you be conditionally offered a role as a Firefighter.
Merseyside Address
You do not need to live in Merseyside currently to apply for the role.  However, if successful, you will be required to reside in Merseyside from when you start your Firefighter training course.

We do not accept CV submissions for this vacancy. 

Most of our Recruitment team are currently working from home therefore should you have any queries, please contact the team via email on or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  As this vacancy will generate a high volume of interest, we respectfully ask that you remain patient with our team whilst we work through responding to all enquiries.


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