Plea for firefighters across rural Wiltshire

Plea for firefighters across rural Wiltshire

Published by Mike Draper at 4:10am 7th March 2020.

3 minute read

The ongoing shortage of on-call fire crews is still a concern for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Do you fancy becoming an on-call firefighter?

  • Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service needs new on-call recruits
  • The fire service needs cover particularly in Tisbury, Mere, and Gillingham
  • Crews will be at Mere Fire Station from 11am-2pm today (Saturday 7th March)
  • They'll be encouraging local people to sign-up and become on-call firefighters

As part of the NFCC National on-call firefighter awareness week (from 2nd March) firefighters in Mere, Tisbury and Gillingham are joining forces and giving you the chance to 'have a go' at becoming an on-call firefighter.

A view of the front of Tisbury Fire Station.
TISBURY FIRE STATION: The fire service needs cover particularly in Tisbury, Mere, and Gillingham.

Contracted hours can vary, but on-call personnel usually make themselves available for between 40 and 120 hours per week. Between them, each fire station team will provide cover for weekdays, evenings, nights and weekends.

On-Call Support Officer Justin French, 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 will be opportunity to cut up a car, try on breathing apparatus, climb a ladder and do the national firefighter selection tests for carrying equipment."

"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... it is fantastically rewarding to be a part of your community and to be in a position to help people."

A view of the front of Mere Fire Station, with the vintage fire bell in the foreground.
Mere fire station needs on-call firefighters to cover during the day.

Mere Fire Crews are looking for on-call firefighters to cover during the day. If you work in the town and you think you could provide cover during your working hours, have a chat with the crew.

ON-CALL - WHAT'S INVOLVED?

To be on-call, you'll need to be local to your fire station to respond when 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.

As well as being available to chat about being an on-call firefighter, they will also be offering fire safety advice and accepting requests for Safe & Well visits.

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If you're unable to attend today's event find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter here.

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