Applications are now open to recruit the next group of wholetime firefighters for Norfolk.

“We’re excited to be starting the search for Norfolk’s future firefighters as we move into a busy phase for our service,” said Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Cabinet member for communities and partnerships at Norfolk County Council.

“It takes a special someone to be a firefighter, but many people within our communities will already have the attributes we are looking for.”

Being a modern firefighter is much more than fighting fires, as crew members also respond to many other types of emergencies and also carry out prevention and protection activities to keep communities safe.

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service is recruiting for 16 wholetime firefighters at its stations across Norfolk. Wholetime firefighters work a shift pattern of fours shifts on (two days, two nights) and then four days off.

Full training is given but the role suits people who are reasonably fit, like working as part of a team, enjoy helping people and want to make a real difference in their community.

Crews attend all kinds of emergencies including fires, rescues from height and confined spaces, road traffic collisions, flooding incidents and animal rescues. They also help to promote measures that reduce risk, such as fitting smoke alarms in homes, reducing hoarding, closing fire doors and having a clear planned escape route if the worst should happen. This education work within communities is a vital part of the role of a firefighter.

“The role of a firefighter is varied and interesting, but ultimately it’s about wanting to support your local community and working to protect it and to prevent fires and other emergencies from happening,” said Chief Fire Officer Tim Edwards.

The service recently held some taster sessions for people to find out more about the role, but applicants don’t need to have attended one to be able to apply.

The application window runs from May 9 to 29. More at www.norfolk.gov.uk/fire