North Wales Fire Department apologizes after full-time firefighters’ recruitment drive ‘pause’


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Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2021

The North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has apologized to potential recruits after putting aside plans to hire more full-time fighters.

An online registration window for full-time fighter roles was scheduled to open today (Monday, September 20) and close 48 hours later at noon Wednesday.

At the time, Senior Director of Operations Paul Jenkinson said “applications will be welcome from all sectors of the community.”

However, in an “important update” on Friday, the service said the window would not open as expected, no specific reason was given.

A spokesperson said: ‘The North Wales Fire and Rescue Service will NOT be opening a recruitment window for full-time firefighters as scheduled next week on Monday 20 September.

“The recruitment process for full-time firefighters is on hold for the moment.

“We know it will be disappointing for those who are anxious to apply and we apologize for any inconvenience.

“However, while our plans have changed, we will be undertaking full-time recruitment in the future, so please maintain your interest and check our website and social media to see when we will resume the process. “

“Thank you for understanding.”

Several people have expressed disappointment in response to the news posted on the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service Facebook page.

The fire department apologized and said, “Please be indulgent with us. We will be recruiting in the future, so keep following us for updates.

A regular commentator on the staff of the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, @samtangogledd speculated: “Many previous candidates were on a reserve list for WDS (Full Time Firefighter) opportunities with NWFRS and until the end of this month obviously overlooked – maybe that’s why recruiting is “hanging” HR? “

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