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Targeted Have a Go Events for Firefighter Recruitment

Group of people observe a drill ground assessment test
Attendees will be able to try some of the physical assessment tests and get advice from our staff

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is pleased to announce two Have a Go events aimed at women and people from ethnic minority groups in Berkshire, to encourage them to consider a career as a firefighter.

The events, which will be run at Whitley Wood Fire Station, will enable participants to try some of the tests used during the recruitment process, and to find out more about this rewarding career.

The event will include a tour of the fire station, and the opportunity to talk to RBFRS firefighters and staff, who will be on hand to offer their insight, advice and support.

The events will take place on the following dates:

  • 6.30pm – 9pm on Tuesday, 18 April at Whitley Wood Fire Station
  • 6.30pm – 9pm on Tuesday, 16 May at Whitley Wood Fire Station

It is hoped that by providing an overview of the recruitment process and support, more women and people from ethnic minority groups will consider applying to be firefighters.

A firefighter shows attendees how to wear a breathing apparatus mask
Attendees will get the chance to try out essential firefighting equipment

Although the recruitment window is not currently open for wholetime firefighters, there are opportunities to join RBFRS as an on-call firefighter. You can read more about the requirements to become an on-call firefighter and which stations are hiring on the Service’s website.

Helen Morbin, Wellbeing Manager, said: “We’re extremely proud of the hard work and dedication shown by all of our staff, but like many other services across the country, certain sections of our local community are still under-represented in our Service.

“We continue to drive towards creating a Service that reflects the communities we serve and so by organising these Have a Go events, we are hoping to give people who may not usually consider a career in the Fire Service an opportunity to try it out for themselves.”

To take part in the events, you must register in advance. If you have any questions, or would like to register to attend the event, please email