Crews from Crewkerne and Beaminster fire stations attended a vehicle fire near Mosterton on Friday February 5th. The incident near the A3066 was reported to Fire Control at 14:49 hrs. The car fire was extinguished using two breathing apparatus, one main line and one hose reel jet.
A Recruitment drive is currently running for retained on-call firefighters at Crewkerne Fire Station in Blacknell Lane and at other fire stations. 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 or work within five minutes response time to the fire station. Retained on-call firefighters provide a part-time service, responding to fire and emergency calls in the same way as full time firefighters. Incidents may range from attending fires, floods, road traffic accidents and chemical spills to talking to your community about fire prevention. The minimum hours contract for part-time cover is 63 hours per week and firefighters come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from people that are either employed, self-employed or full time parents.
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. 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 a retained on-call firefighter. The ideal prospective firefighters will be people with a commitment to the community and those with a positive attitude. The Fire Service 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.