BFRS provides award winning display at Buckinghamshire careers event

Mon 21 Oct, 2019


On Friday (18 October) and Saturday (19 October) Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service attended the Bucks Skills Show 2019 hosted at the Gateway in Aylesbury.

Over the course of the two days over 4,500 people attended the event (around 3,000 students and teachers on the Friday, and around 1,500 parents and young people on the Saturday) to find out about the careers on offer from different organisations.

Operational fire crews joined forces with their colleagues, who work to support the recruitment and development elements of BFRS, to provide an insight into working for the organisation, and promoting the apprenticeship schemes on offer and entry process for them.

Station Commander Dave Whitelock, who leads on the firefighter apprenticeship programme, said: “We saw a fantastic response to our presence at the event. While the event was primarily aimed at young adults between the ages of 12 and 18, we were also able to speak to a large number of teachers and parents and provide information to help them support anyone considering joining the fire service.

“With our operational staff and fire engine located outside and additional staff on hand inside we were able to provide an excellent interactive experience to the attendees, and we were delighted to be awarded the title “Best Stand”. With 96 other organisations in attendance at the event we felt this was a fantastic achievement!”

The stands were marked against the following criteria:

  • ·         Effective and engaging display
  • ·         Most insightful experiential/interactive activity
  • ·         Good communication, engagement and interaction with students
  • ·         Appealing and informative handouts

Dave added: “The event was very successful and, as a direct result, we are looking forward to receiving a bumper number of quality applications for our next cohort of Apprentice Firefighters when the process opens on 1 November!”