An invitation to ‘have a go’ at becoming an on-call firefighter next week has been extended by fire crews at Salisbury Fire Station.
They are on station from 3pm to 8pm on August 22 to encourage local people to become on-call firefighters.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service needs new on-call recruits to provide fire cover at locations in Dorset and Wiltshire, but particularly in Salisbury, Wilton, Tisbury, Amesbury, Mere and Ludgershall. Contracted hours can vary, but on-call personnel usually make themselves available for between 48 and 120 hours a week. Between them, each fire station team provides cover for weekdays, evenings, nights and weekends.
On-Call Support Officer Vicki Brewis, who is organising the event, said: “The easiest way to see if being a firefighter is for you is to come along, have a chat with the crew and try your hand at different things. There you can cut up a car, try on breathing apparatus, climb a ladder and do the national firefighter selection test for carrying equipment, and get fire safety advice or request Safe & Well visits.
“On-call firefighters receive the same training and development as wholetime colleagues, and we can be called to all manner of emergencies, including fires, road traffic collisions, animal rescues and flooding. The pay does vary, depending on how much cover you give, but it is fantastically rewarding to be a part of your community and to be in a position to help people.”
To be on-call, you have to respond to your local fire station in about five minutes once your pager goes off. This can be from home or work, and employers can benefit from a firefighter’s training – such as first aid, manual handling, a greater understanding of health & safety in the workplace, and enhanced team spirit.
To find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter visit www.dwfire.org.uk/be-one-of-us