Posted: Thursday 31st August 2017
Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is looking to strengthen its line up by signing new on-call firefighters this transfer deadline day.
Half of Hertfordshire’s fire engines are crewed by part-time firefighters, on call to respond to emergencies alongside their normal jobs, but the fire service needs to recruit more local people to train as firefighters to ensure a full crew is on standby near every station at all times.
To help do this, the fire service has launched a new campaign, tied to the closing of the football transfer window, to encourage people to join the ‘team’. The campaign is being launched on transfer deadline day with the release of a video, in the style of recent high-concept announcement videos, announcing a new signing for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue.
Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen said: “On-call firefighters are a vital part of our team, working and training alongside the full time crews to deal with emergencies. On-call firefighters come from all walks of life – we have plumbers, IT consultants, florists and financial advisers to name but a few – all ready to drop everything and pull on their firefighting kit when their community needs them.”
“We hope this video, and the campaign that goes with it, will raise the profile of this vital role and get more people to realise that this is something they could do and to think about the rewards of being a firefighter alongside their normal jobs.”
On-call firefighters need to live or work within four minutes of a fire station and be on standby to attend emergency incidents. In return we offer full training and a basic annual retainer as well as payments for call-outs to incidents. They are required to attend the station for training with colleagues for three hours one evening per week for which they will also be paid.
Find out more about being an on-call firefighter