Even though the competition is fierce and the process tough, every year thousands of people apply to become a firefighter. Ellen Culhane tells FIRE about the recent joint recruitment by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service as they try out new approaches to increase the diversity of their latest intake in the middle of a pandemic.
One year on from the first lockdown, Editor Andrew Lynch appeals to government to heed recommendations from FIRE’s award-winning White Paper which called for a new architecture for society.
As the nation begins to edge its way out of lockdown, this issue is jam-packed full of promise: wistful projections on police and crime commissioner takeovers, aspirations to meet recommendations from the former and recently released State of Fire reports, and of course, thoughts of a fruitful future with the forthcoming Fire Reform White Paper.
Alas, as Boris would say, everywhere you look there’s a ruckus in the making: no sooner are fire authority councillors rallying against the dying of the light than Sir Tom springs up to douse any hopes of an upset with a quick reminder of where true power lies. “Of course there are rows about these things. When people lose power, they get upset. If it the will of Parliament, they will just have to get on with it,” he says.