Capita Fire and Rescue has launched the first Sponsored Reserves recruitment campaign of its kind for RAF reserve firefighters. This is the first Capita scheme to specifically recruit Reserves into the organisation and will see civilians trained and deployed as military firefighters and ready to support military operations around the world.
The unique role is an opportunity to combine a civilian and a military career, making a valuable contribution to Defence operations and standing shoulder to shoulder with regular colleagues.
Recruitment activity begins this summer, and Capita Fire and Rescue aims to have 11 firefighters and two crew managers fully trained and operational by August 2023.
Over the next four years, the aim is to have 139 Sponsored Reserves fully trained and on standby for deployment.
The Sponsored Reserve Programme is a key part of Capita Fire and Rescue’s Whole Force Approach – supporting the MOD to deliver its mission in true partnership.
Capita Fire and Rescue’s Chief Fire Officer, Alex Clark, said: ‘Capita Fire and Rescue is proud to be launching the Sponsored Reserves programme which will provide vital firefighting support to the RAF. Life as a Sponsored Reserve is a unique and exciting opportunity to combine both a civilian and a military career. As a Sponsored Reserve, you will be trained to support military operations alongside regular colleagues.’
Capita is a long-standing member of the Armed Forces Covenant and was awarded Gold member status in the Employer Recognition Scheme in 2021 in recognition of the support we offer our Reserves and Veterans. Encouraging and aiding the recruitment of Reserves is a key part of Capita’s commitment to the Covenant.
MD of Capita Fire and Rescue, Dominik Wellmann added: ‘The Sponsored Reserves programme will be invaluable in providing additional support to Defence operations. We are looking forward to welcoming the first Sponsored Reserves and continuing to work closely with the RAF.’
Capita Fire and Rescue is looking to recruit from the armed forces as well as civilians, especially those with previous firefighting experience.
Sponsored reserves must:
- Be between 18 and 55 years of age
- Hold a UK passport
- Be medically and dentally fit
- Maintain the required fitness level
Extensive initial and ongoing training is provided with 23 days of initial training, which includes an introduction to the RAF, for those without previous military experience.
Each year of service there will be up to 35 days of training, including weekends and weekly evening training. Training normally takes place within the UK, although each year some Reservists train overseas.
In return, Sponsored Reserves will benefit from high-quality military training, accredited qualifications in leadership skills, an enhanced remuneration package, annual gratuity and bonus package when deployed.