Budding firefighters in Oxford have just over 24 hours left to apply to the fire service’s first recruitment drive in eight years.
Applications to join Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service opened at on Monday (January 8) with all members of the community encouraged to apply.
But hopeful applicants will need to get their skates on as the deadline for full-time posts in the service closes at 5pm tomorrow (January 11).
As well as putting out fires, the role of modern-day firefighters also includes responding to medical emergencies, toxic leaks, road traffic collisions, water rescues and floods.
Simon Furlong, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, said: “We want our fire and rescue service to reflect the community we are here to support and our firefighters come from all walks of life.
“What our firefighters all have in common is self-reliance, confidence, respect, enthusiasm, team spirit and a willingness to be ready for anything when they are alerted to an emergency.
“I would like to encourage anyone who thinks they could be our future to apply or find out more about the role.”
Cllr Judith Heathcoat, cabinet member for the fire service, added: “This is an exciting opportunity for people to join a high performing and excellent fire and rescue service.
“The work undertaken by our firefighters in engaging with both the young and old people in our communities is a great example of where as a County Council we are working together to help make Oxfordshire a safer place for all our residents.
“I regularly visit the operational crews around the County and I am looking forward to meeting the next generation of men and women who will continue to keep us all safe.”
Applications can be made online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/wholetimefirefighters