Posted: Wednesday 31st January 2018
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, we’ve relaunched our campaign, tied to the closing of the football transfer window, to encourage people like YOU to join our ‘team’.
Our on-call firefighters do a range of day jobs. They are plumbers, florists, financial advisors, caretakers, and IT consultants. What they have in common is that they’re ready to drop everything and pull on their firefighting kit when their community needs them.
Gemma Fraser is a warehouse manager and on-call firefighter in Markyate.
“I didn’t realise there was such a thing as an on-call firefighter until I met someone that works at the station,” said Gemma.
“They explained the job they did and what it involved. I thought it sounded really interesting and it was something I could do.”
She was inspired by her grandfather, who was a firefighter. Gemma adds that she feels she is making a valuable contribution to her community.
“It’s important retained stations have a full crew ready to respond as emergency calls can come in day or night.
“Retained stations cover the more rural parts of the county and the crews can often arrive at incidents before whole-time crews, which are located in bigger towns and cities.
“This early arrival could be the difference between life and death for someone, so those communities need local people to join so they can make a difference.”
If this sounds like something you think you could do, we want you to apply – regardless of your age or gender.
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.
To find more about being an on-call firefighter go to http://bit.ly/2DTHAxO