A Recruitment drive is underway for retained on-call firefighters at Crewkerne Fire Station in Blacknell Lane and at 45 other fire stations across Devon and Somerset. Men and women who are interested need to be over 18 years of age and have a good level of fitness and strength. They also need to live and/or work within five minutes response time to the fire station, to potentially save lives in fire, flood and road traffic emergencies.
A spokesperson for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service said: “Being on-call means that you provide a level of cover whilst at work and at home. When you are needed, your pager will alert you to attend the fire station. People who can give cover during the day are particularly needed. Living with a disability is not automatically a barrier to operational firefighting. It depends on the nature of the disability. Many people over-estimate the level of fitness required and this can deter them from applying. We are an inclusive employer and working towards a workforce which reflects the local community.”
No previous experience is necessary to become an on-call firefighter. The ideal prospective firefighters will be people with a commitment to the community and those with a positive attitude. Many existing firefighters have primary occupations whilst on call, either employed or self-employed. The Fire Service has examples of employees working in factories, shops, take-aways and in restaurants. It offers advice and help in preparing for both the written and practical assessments and once recruited, full training is provided. For those who are interested in applying, please visit www.dsfire.gov.uk/workingforus/recruitment/details.cfm.