Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 17

Unit 17 - Careers Related to the Fire and Rescue Service

Unit abstract

The Fire and Rescue Service provides a vast array of employment opportunities suitable for people from all abilities, experiences and backgrounds.

This unit allows learners to develop knowledge of the variety of roles available within the Fire and Rescue Service. Learners will gain an understanding of the different Fire and Rescue related work and the skills, knowledge and experience required for people employed in those roles. This will be achieved by giving the learners opportunities to meet people who work in different roles within the local Fire and Rescue Service. Learners will also be given the opportunity to experience various methods of selection procedures for recruitment used both within the Fire and Rescue Service and in external agencies.

This will culminate in learners demonstrating knowledge and understanding surrounding the work opportunities and processes of recruiting new staff to the Fire and Rescue Service. In addition, they will learn to identify and develop skills that will aid their chosen career progression.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Be able to identify a range of roles in the Fire and Rescue Service
  • Understand the different elements of a recruitment process
  • Develop skills that will aid personal career choices

1 Be able to identify a range of roles in the Fire and Rescue Service

Operational roles: fire fighter and associated roles; position with specialist training e.g. appliance driver, hazardous materials, trainer, Senior Accident Investigator, Urban Search and Rescue; fire investigation;

Other roles: e.g. control operators, schools education officers, administrators, legal advisors, finance officers, procurement officer, IT officer, human resource support roles, regulatory safety inspecting officers, public relations officer

2 Understand the components of a recruitment and selection processes

Recruitment process: application form; interview; psychometric tests; numeracy tests; literacy tests; fitness test; observed group task

3 Develop skills that will aid personal career choices

Career choice: career options; qualifications required for potential career e.g. BTEC, GCSE, A Level, Degree, vocational training, and apprenticeship; access career services e.g. Connexions; recruitment open days

Initial application: completing applications forms; writing a CV; qualifications to increase employability; covering letters

Assessment: interview skills; practice psychometric, numeracy and literacy tests; practice observed group tasks; preparing for fitness tests

Grading Grid

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all of the learning outcomes for the unit. The criteria for a pass grade describe the level of achievement required to pass this unit.

Grading criteria
To achieve a pass grade the evidence must show that the learner is able to:
P1describe three different roles within the Fire and Rescue Service
P2describe three different components of the recruitment and selection process

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Essential Resources

Fire Service Manuals/Circulars:

  • Fire Services Youth Training Association-Fire and Rescue Service Manual Youth Training and Development (Stationary Office, 31st August 2004) ISBN10- 0113412932
  • • Related Fire Services Circulars and where these have been superseded consideration should be given to these documents within your organisation.
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