East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service gave students at the Creative Careers Café in Bexhill a chance to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter.
The students were divided into groups, moving around the event to learning about different professions.
The students could then choose a workshop type activity.
Firefighters Anne Goldstone and Denice Henry set up a timed challenge to give the students an understanding of the physical demands of their job.
Students put on full fire kit and then dragged a dummy 20 metres, before tying off a knot they had previously been shown how to do.
Anne Goldstone said:
“The students were very keen to compete against each other. It was lovely to hear the positive feedback and to hopefully plant some seeds about having a future career in the fire service.”
On call firefighter opportunities
The Service is currently recruiting on call firefighters – who work for the fire service alongside day jobs or family responsibilities.
On-call firefighters carry alerters when on duty and need to be at the fire station and ready to turn out within 5 minutes of the alerter sounding, travelling at normal road speeds, typically from home or their place of work.
They are an integral part of the county’s fire cover and enable us to crew more fire appliances in some of the more rural and remote areas of the county.
Stations which are looking for new firefighters include Bexhill, Barcombe, Burwash, Crowborough, Forest Row, Heathfield, Herstmonceux, Lewes, Mayfield, Newhaven, Pevensey, Rye, Seaford, Wadhurst and Uckfield.
The next deadline for new applications is 1 June 2019. For more information please go to www.esfrs.org/rds