Colyton needs more firefighters

PUBLISHED: 06:59 01 September 2016 | UPDATED: 08:40 05 September 2016

Colyton firefighters Tracy Telease, Darren Smith (holding young William Smith) and James Voysey. Picture: SUBMITTED

Colyton firefighters Tracy Telease, Darren Smith (holding young William Smith) and James Voysey. Picture: SUBMITTED


Town wants new recruits to join the dedicated crew

A shortage of retained firefighters has set alarm bells ringing at Colyton

The station is hoping to sign up more crew members and is inviting anyone interested to pop in on a Tuesday evening or call 01392 872 200 and ask for the recruitment department.

A spokeswoman said: “On-call firefighters are a group of community-spirited men and women who are called into action by our Fire Control operators.

“They come from a variety of backgrounds – for example self-employed, full time parents, trades people, administrators, shopkeepers - but they all share a common purpose wanting to give something back to the community.

“You will be providing a part time service, responding to fire and emergency calls in the same way as wholetime firefighters. This is an opportunity to be part of a highly trained tight-knit team - it is exciting, challenging and most of all rewarding

“Incidents can range from attending fires, floods, road traffic accidents, chemical spills, and talking to your community about fire prevention.”

There are no qualifications needed to become a retained firefighter but candidates must be aged 18 or over, able to respond from home/work within five minutes, physically and medically fit with good eyesight and hearing, prepared for the commitment and discipline of being a firefighter, preferably hold a full UK driving license.

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