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Desborough firefighters featured in national on-call recruitment video

On-call firefighter Ian Jarvis

Firefighters at Desborough Fire Station have been filmed as part of a national video to promote on-call recruitment.

On-call firefighter Ian Jarvis and fellow crew members in Desborough were filmed last week by a team producing a video for the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), to be used across the country.

A short version of the recruitment video, featuring some of the firefighters from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS), has been released this week as we mark ‘On-call firefighter awareness week’. To see this video, click the link at the bottom of this page.

The full video is expected to be published at a date later in the year.

The videos are produced to enable fire services around the country to promote the value and need for on-call firefighters.

Ian was selected to be a case study in the national video as he is a home worker who runs his own business and fits in working as an on-call firefighter alongside this.

Ian, who is 42 and has been an on-call firefighter at Desborough Fire Station for 22 years, said: “I’ve actually been coming here for 42 years as my dad was also a firefighter here. I remember when I was younger that I used to follow him and run along the street after him sometimes. I felt really proud.”

The father of three added: “As I run my own online retail business, I’m pretty much on-call for NFRS whenever they need me.

“It fits in with my life. You can juggle family life with life in the Fire Service. I always find a way to adapt.

“I enjoy the community focused work such as the local events and the school visits – I know quite a lot of people in the town as I was born and brought up in Desborough.

“The excitement is still there too and I enjoy the camaraderie between the crew and just helping the community.”

Chief Fire Officer Darren Dovey said: “We are proud to be supporting the NFCC’s national on-call recruitment campaign, and we are recruiting here in Northamptonshire on an ongoing basis.

“The value of the work on-call firefighters do cannot be underestimated and the Fire Service really appreciates the contribution made by on-call staff.

“Their presence ensures we have the capacity and ability to attend a variety of incidents at any given time as well as providing us with the staffing levels to deliver other aspects of work in the community such as Home Safety Checks at the homes of elderly and vulnerable people. Their work helps us deliver our overall aim of keeping Northamptonshire safe.”

To apply for an on-call firefighter vacancy you must:

  • live or work within a reasonable distance (5 to 8 minutes travelling time) of an on-call station
  • be at least 18 years of age or within six months of your 18th birthday
  • be physically fit

Anyone who lives or works within eight minutes of Desborough Fire Station and would like to find out more about being an on-call firefighter there is welcome to drop in to Drill Night between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on Tuesday evenings.

For more details about the role or to register your interest, visit

To see a short version of the video featuring Desborough firefighters, see below:

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