Wellington Fire Station is looking for prospective on-call firefighters to join their ranks. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service issued the following call to potential recruits and will hold an open evening for those who are interested at the fire station on Wednesday 13 April, at 6.30pm.
“Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is looking for people in the Wellington community to be on-call or ‘retained’ firefighters. No previous experience of firefighting is necessary for this role – the ideal prospective firefighter starts with a commitment to the community, a positive attitude and a good level of fitness.
“This is an opportunity for men and women who live and/or work within a five minute response time to the fire station to potentially save lives in fire, flood and road traffic emergencies. Being on-call means that you provide a level of cover whilst at work or at home and when you are needed your pager will alert you to attend the station. People who can give cover during the day and weekends are particularly needed. Many people have primary occupations whilst on-call – either employed or self-employed, the Service has examples of employees in factories, shops, takeaways and restaurants who are on-call firefighters.
“You need to be over 18 and have a good level of fitness and strength, but sometimes people overestimate the levels required and this can deter them (particularly women) from applying. The Service will give people advice and help in preparing for both the written and practical assessments. Equally, living with a disability is not automatically a barrier to operational firefighting; it depends on the nature of the disability. Once you are recruited full training is provided.
“We are an inclusive employer and are working towards a workforce which reflects the local community, so if you are interested please come along to Wellington Fire Station, North Street, TA21 8LZ, on Wednesday 13 April, at 6.30pm and find out what it means to be an on-call firefighter.”
Wellington firefighter John Sharland said, “We’re looking to recruit 3 or 4 new firefighters. The event will provide some general background information about the role of an On-Call firefighter, including the training provided, the types of emergency incidents that we respond to as a Fire & Rescue Service and how we work with the community to improve public safety.
“In addition, potential applicants will be given an opportunity to look around the appliances and equipment and to speak to a number of the station crew about the role of a firefighter.
“Successful applicants will need to be able to commit to providing a minimum of 63 hours on call operational cover per week and attend a number of training events.”