Chance to try out firefighting skills as part of drop-in recruitment events

Think you have what it takes to be an on-call firefighter? Wellingborough Fire Station is now offering the opportunity to have a go at some of the firefighting skills involved.

The station, in Irthlingborough Road, will be welcoming visitors on two Saturdays next month (February 22 and 29, 10am-3pm) where people can find out more about how to become an on-call firefighter.

The events will offer the chance for people to ‘have a go’ at some of the practical tests firefighters go through as part of the recruitment process, so visitors should come along wearing comfortable clothing such as t-shirts/leggings or jogging bottoms. Fire kit and boots will be provided.

There will be the chance to speak to local crew members and find out more about the role of being an on-call firefighter and how to apply.

These are paid roles which people take on for the times of day or night they can commit to the Service.

Often the people who take on these positions also have a completely different job, which they carry out other than their firefighting duties.

Wellingborough Station Manager Scott Hirons said: “On-call firefighters have, in the past, included everyone from self-employed carpenters to hairdressers, stay-at-home parents or electricians. Being an on-call firefighter offers the flexibility to make this kind of balance possible.

“Being an on-call firefighter is such a rewarding role where community-minded people get to support the safety of the neighbourhoods in which they live or work. We want to attract the right people into these positions and I hope our drop-in events at Wellingborough prove popular with all those who think they might have what it takes.”

No two days are likely to be the same in this role, as on-call firefighters do everything from attending water rescues, road traffic collisions and animal rescues to carrying out vital fire prevention work in the community, which can involve visits to different locations such as schools to give safety advice.

All training is provided.

Criteria for applying:

  • Must be 18 (or over), or within six months of 18th birthday.
  • Must live or work within 5 to 8 minutes from nearest ‘on-call’ fire station.
  • Must be physically fit

To find out more and register an interest about becoming an on-call firefighter, visit www.oncallfire.uk

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