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Desborough Open Day to welcome potential new recruits

Crew at a mock up road traffic incident

Desborough residents can find out whether they have what it takes to become a firefighter at a recruitment Open Day.

Desborough Fire Station, on King Street, is welcoming guests to drop in on July 27 between 2pm and 6pm who want to find out more about what being an on-call firefighter can look like.

Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service relies on many people to provide support to our full-time firefighters by offering ‘on-call’ cover on top of their normal day jobs.

Last year saw crews at Desborough called out to more than 250 emergency responses, and the station helps to support neighbouring towns such as Market Harborough deal with larger incidents.

Desborough Fire Station and appliances

Crew Commander Adam O’Brien said: “With Desborough and the surrounding areas ever expanding with new developments, there are more opportunities opening up to join our team and make a difference to the communities that we live and work in.”

The walk-in session between 2pm and 6pm will allows visitors to discuss the role of an on-call firefighter, to find out more about the selection process and discover the kinds of training that they receive.

From 6.30pm to 9.30pm there will then be a practical demonstration of the skills that are needed to deal with a road traffic collision, and to watch the crew take part in their weekly drill.

Watch Commander Garry Hodgkins added: “Joining the fire service allows you to meet new people, learn new skills and become part of a close-knit team. It’s not just about fires though, we are heavily involved in the community with home fire safety checks and supporting local events where we raise awareness from road safety to being safe around water.

“We would encourage anyone who has ever thought of becoming a firefighter to come along and find out more – anyone is welcome to come along and say hello.”

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