Fire and Rescue Service Experience Day at Earlswood Training Facility

On Tuesday, August 22nd 2023, a Fire and Rescue Service Experience Day was held at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s (MAWWFRS) Earlswood Training Facility in Neath Port Talbot.

MAWWFRS Experience Days provide an opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a firefighter to gain an understanding of the role of a modern-day firefighter, the various aspects of the recruitment process, the importance of fitness as well as being able to try on the firefighting kit and use equipment.  This subsequently enables those individuals to make an informed decision before beginning the application process.

During the Earlswood Experience Day, attendees got to wear full firefighting kit before completing strength and endurance tests, took part in a simulated incident while blindfolded to experience realistic conditions, before having a tour of a fire engine and a question-and-answer session.  Throughout the day, MAWWFRS training experts were on-hand to explain and oversee all exercises, as well as being able to answer questions and provide as much guidance as possible to prospective firefighters.

Ethan, one of the attendees at the Earlswood Experience Day.

One of the Earlswood Experience Day attendees was Ethan, a 23-year-old self-employed delivery driver from Gorseinon.  Over the last year, Ethan has developed his interest in boxing through regular training and wants to use his new capabilities to help people.

Speaking on his interest in becoming a firefighter, Ethan said:

“I’m aware that community is at the heart of what firefighters do, whether that’s working together as a team or attending various incidents in their local area to keep communities safe.  I’d really like to be a part of that and serve my local community.”

With frequent on-call recruitment drives as well as upcoming wholetime recruitment opportunities, this Experience Day will prove invaluable to all who attended when preparing their application and undergoing the recruitment process.

More information on MAWWFRS Experience Days, including dates and how to register, can be found here

Wholetime Firefighters Recruitment

MAWWFRS will soon be recruiting Wholetime Firefighters, with online registration opening at 9am on Friday, September 7th 2023.  We are looking for community focussed and disciplined individuals who are committed to making Wales a safer place. 

More information can be found here