Desborough Fire Station to host on-call recruitment event

Anyone in the Desborough area who would like to become an on-call firefighter is welcome to attend a recruitment event at the station.

The event, which will allow people to drop in, see demonstrations of firefighting skills and find out more about the current on-call recruitment campaign, will run at Desborough Fire Station in King Street on Monday, September 2 (6pm-8pm).

Firefighters will not only be giving demonstrations, but they will also be talking through the types of equipment used and explaining how these are employed in real life incidents.

There will be static displays giving information about the pathway to becoming an on-call firefighter and details about how to apply, as well as highlighting the community engagement work of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

Adam O’Brien, one of the organisers, said: “Being an on-call firefighter is an occupation people often either do on its own or fit in with another job, which can be very different. In the past, NFRS has employed on-call firefighters who are also part-time hairdressers, carpenters, electricians, fleet managers…the list goes on. We are looking for people who would have time to carry out firefighting duties in the evening, in the daytime, or both.

“We want to let people know the service is currently seeking on-call firefighters across the county, including at Desborough Fire Station. People become on-call firefighters for a variety of reasons, perhaps they want to take on a fresh challenge, learn new skills, like the idea of a job in which no two days are ever the same or simply have the desire to help their community in a real way. If this sounds like you, we would like to hear from you!”

Firefighters will be on hand to answer questions and give any information required about how to become an on-call firefighter.

NFRS is keen to take positive action to improve diversity in the fire service and to attract the best applicants to take on the challenge of on-call work.

Applicants for on-call firefighter roles must:

  • Live or work up to eight minutes travelling distance from nearest on-call fire station
  • Be at least 18-years-old or within six months of their 18th birthday
  • Be physically fit

Full training is given and anyone who would like to find out more can visit: www.oncallfire.uk

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