Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Brigade chiefs call for more recruits to keep the station up to strength
A SHORTAGE of retained firefighters has set alarm bells ringing at Seaton.
Brigade chiefs have put out an SOS for more recruits to keep the station up to strength.
They stress that no previous experience of fire fighting is necessary for the role – the ideal prospective firefighter starts with “a commitment to the community, a positive attitude and a good level of fitness”.
A spokesman for the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service continued: “This is an opportunity for men and women who live and/or work within five minutes 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 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.”
Applicants need to be over 18 and have a good level of fitness and strength.
But the spokesman added: “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 fire fighting, it depends on the nature of the disability. Once you are recruited full training is provided.”
Anyone interested in joining the crew should go along to Seaton Fire Station on Mondays between 7pm and 9pm and find out more.