Careers Questions

Can I register for alerts for future job vacancies?
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Yes, you will need to register on our online e-recruitment system. You will need to provide your name, email address and choose a case-sensitive password which needs to include letters and numbers. You will then be able to select which roles you want to be alerted for e.g. all vacancies/firefighting/support staff roles.

Each time you use the e-recruitment system you will need to enter a username and your password. In the vast majority of cases your username will be the email address that you used to register with initially. If you forget your password, simply enter the email address you registered with on the system and it will be emailed to you.

Do you just employ Firefighters?
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No. Although the focus is on front-line operational staff, for that to be effective we rely upon a range of support functions and activities. We employ staff in financial services, employment services, legal services, occupational health and safety, information and communications technology and administration services. They all contribute greatly to the ability of front-line staff to deliver an exceptional service to the communities of West Yorkshire.

What do firefighters do?
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Our firefighters have one of the most respected jobs within the community: responding to incidents, preventing them from happening and protecting West Yorkshire citizens and property.

In order to achieve our ambition of “Making West Yorkshire Safer” and provide an excellent service to all our communities, we must employ firefighters who can recognise, understand and respond to their needs. A diverse workforce which reflects West Yorkshire communities is better equipped to achieve this.

To find out more about what they do, visit our Careers pages.

What's the difference between Wholetime and On-call firefighters?
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Firefighters can be either wholetime or employed on an on-call basis.

Wholetime firefighters are permanently based at, and mobilised from a fire station.

On-call firefighters are required to live and/or work within five minutes of the station and respond to emergency calls via an alerter. They often have other jobs and/or responsibilities.

To find out more about wholetime and on-call firefighters and for recruitment information visit: joinwyfirefighters.com

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Vacancies

I'm thinking about a career with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, where can I get more information?
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The Careers section of our web site provides more information about the types of role performed by firefighters and support staff.

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Does WYFRS have any vacancies?
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All vacancies are published on the Careers section of our web site.

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Vacancies

Fire Safety In The Home

What is a 'Safe & Well' visit?
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I have a smoke detector that is bleeping / chirping. Who do I ring?
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If the detectors have been supplied and installed by us please read the following guidance. If your device has been supplied by another agency or has been purchased from a retailer, you should contact either the installer or the manufacturer shown on the device.

A bleeping detector is designed to last at least 30 days after the first bleep and will still operate normally in the event of it identifying smoke. You can silence the bleeping for 8 hours by pressing the central test button on the device once (you can use a brush or mop handle to save stretching to do this).

Firstly, we recommend that you vacuum the detectors to remove any dust trapped inside which can affect the mechanism inside and cause it to bleep. You should do this every 3-6 month.

Secondly, the detectors are optimised to perform between 4-38 degrees, if the temperature in your home drops below this (especially likely during the night and in winter) this can cause the detector to chirp. Ensure your home is heated sufficiently and left on low over night.

If you have followed the above advice and the detector continues to bleep, you should contact the manufacturer, Fire Angel, on 0800 1412561. They will ask for the batch number which is on the back of the detector and will send a replacement if the detector proves to be faulty and is within its 10-year warranty.

The detectors are provided initially as a free gift for you to maintain as above and replace. Remember to test each detector weekly.

Note that if you live in rented accommodation your landlord is required by law to provide you with adequate smoke detection and you should contact them to request a replacement.

I have a strobe/vibrating pillow device fitted and it has a yellow flashing fault light.
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If your device has just been fitted by West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, the strobe pad may flash a yellow light for up to 72 hours whilst the units back up battery is charging. The device itself is mains powered and will still function if smoke is detected.

Check that the device is still plugged in correctly. If the unit has lost power, it will need to recharge and causing the yellow light to flash until it is fully charged again.

If this fault light is flashing beyond the initial 72 hour period after fitting, please contact the station or Fire Prevention staff member that fitted the device and they will attend and provide support.

The unit carries a 10 year Warranty but will require its back up battery to be replaced at around 5 years of age. A new battery can be requested and will be sent out to you free of charge by contacting Fire Angel on their free phone technical support number: 0800 141 2561 during normal working hours. If the fault persists, a member of West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service will arrange to visit you to provide assistance.

How do I find out more information about Fire Alarms for people with Sight/Hearing/Mobility impairments?
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Specialised alarm products include Easy Access alarms, bright stickers to attach to alarms, Strobe Lights and Vibrating Pad Alarms.  Your local fire station will be able to advise on these products or help with installation.

Further information and support is provided by the following organisations:

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Telephone: 0845 766 9999
Website: www.rnib.org.uk

Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID)
Telephone: 0808 808 0123
Textphone: 0808 808 9000
Website: www.rnid.org.uk

The Government’s “Fire Kills” website: www.direct.gov.uk/firekills

How do I arrange a Safe & Well visit to get a free smoke alarm for my property?
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West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service will, subject to an initial assessment, arrange to visit you at home and carry out a ‘Safe & Well’ visit. As part of this process, we may fit a range of free interventions including smoke detection, to help you reduce the risk of fire in your home.

Visits are carried out seven days a week, from 9am to 9pm.

For more information on ‘Safe & Well visits’ and how to request one click here.

Risk Management

What are the consequences of not doing Risk Management?
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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will not have insight into how the service could be improved, consequently the wrong allocation of resources could be made.  

Decisions will be made without complete information or adequate knowledge of future consequences, the overall probability of reducing risk to life will be lower.

What can Risk Management do for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service?
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There will be a cultural shift from reactive to proactive decision making that avoids problems before they arise. Anticipating risk trends will become a part of everyday business, and the management of risks will be an integral part of strategic planning.

What does success look like?
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An effective Integrated Risk Management Plan should:

  • Identify existing and potential risks to the community within the authority area;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of current preventative, protective, and response arrangements;
  • Identify opportunities for improvement and determine policies and standards for prevention and intervention;
  • Determine resource requirements to meet these policies and standards;
  • Include arrangements for implementation, monitoring, audit and review

The primary objective is to make the service more responsive to locally identified needs and enable better delivery of community safety.

What is Risk Management?
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Risk Management is a practice with processes, methods, and tools for managing risks in an organisation. It provides a disciplined environment for proactive decision making to:

  • Assess continuously what could go wrong (risks);
  • Determine which risks are important to deal with;
  • Implement strategies to deal with those risks

For further information on Risk Management and to view our please click on the Related Pages link below.

Community Risk Management Strategy

Property Management

How are procurement methods determined?
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All tendering and works procurement is carried out in accordance with the Standing Orders of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

Do any schemes fall under European Advertising Requirements?
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When major schemes are appropriately sized, requirements for suitable consultants or contractors are advertised for selection in accordance with the requirements of the Official Journal of the European Union.

Will contractors placed on the approved contractors list be guaranteed work?
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Inclusion on the approved list does not necessarily mean that contractors will automatically be given the opportunity to tender/quote for work, nor will there be a guarantee that contractors will be awarded any contracts for work. However when planning works, consideration will be given to the suitability of contractors for the type and category of work to which their application applies.

How do contractors remain on the approved contracts list?
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To maintain eligibility for selection, contractors must ensure they submit their Insurances and Health and Safety details and the like annually or when expiry dates are reached or alternatively, ensure that their Constructionline registration remains valid.

Additionally, the Authority reserves the right to suspend or remove any Contractor from the list if:

  • The Contractor is or becomes, in the opinion of the Authority, unsuitable for inclusion on the list.
  • The Contractor is unsatisfactory in respect of any contract awarded to him by the Authority.
  • The Contractor fails to tender, without adequate warning or notice, on one or a number of occasions having been invited to do so.
  • The Contractor declines to tender on two occasions having been invited to do so.
How do contractors gain inclusion on the approved contractors list?
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Selection of contractors is generally determined by meeting the requirements of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority Approved Contractor’s document which is available on request from the Property Management Unit.

Alternatively, current registered members of Constructionline may be considered and selected.

How are contractors selected for work?
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Generally, suitable contractors are selected for work from the approved contractors list which is managed by the Property Management Unit.

What categories of work do the Property Management Unit deal with?
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All kinds of construction, refurbishment, maintenance and repairs including building services and estates management.