Amesbury Fire Station tackling crew shortages

Amesbury Fire Station - Amesbury (DW Fire)

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 9:29am 4th February 2017. (Updated at 10:04am 16th February 2017)

Open Day today (Sat 4th Feb) hopes to address desperate shortage of on-call crew members, and recruitment crisis.

Could you be a Firefighter for south Wiltshire?

Amesbury Fire Station is hosting on-call firefighter recruitment open day today (Saturday 4 Feb), looking for eager people who're ready to help protect their local communities during an emergency.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is 'struggling' to fill the positions, despite advertising that "pretty much anyone can do it".

On-call firefighters are ordinary people doing extraordinary work - they are men and women who may have other jobs or responsibilities, who make themselves available for emergency call-outs depending on their other commitments.


  • Saturday 4th Feb. 2017
  • Amesbury Fire Station - Salisbury Road, Amesbury, SP4 7HL
  • 10am - 1pm

AMESBURY FIRE STATION - current rota = 9. Crew members needed = 16.


Usually contracted for between 48 and 120 hours per week, on-call firefighters must:

  • Be at least 18 years old when joining;
  • Have a good standard of physical fitness
  • Have the right to work in the UK

District Commander, Louis Minchella, has said:

"Our retained firefighters play a vital role in the protection of their local communities. Some already work in the building or allied trades, whilst others are shop assistants, farmers, office and factory workers or managers, but what they all have in common is self-reliance, confidence, respect, enthusiasm, team spirit and a willingness to be ready for anything when they are alerted to an emergency."

"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."

In order to be on-call, you will need to be able to respond to the fire station in around 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.

An identical recruitment event has already been held at Ludgershall Fire Station.

To find out more about what it takes to become at on-call firefighter for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, check their website:

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District Commander Tom Brolan (pictured below) has been speaking to Spire FM about the need for more on-call firefighters.

Tom Brolan 2012 - Amesbury Fire Station (Wilts Fire)

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