East Sussex Fire and Rescue is working with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and other fire and rescue services across the nation as part of a national campaign encouraging people to become on-call firefighters.
The national campaign has been created to help raise the profile of On-Call Firefighters and highlight the opportunities, sense of belonging and pride that comes from serving the community as an On-Call Firefighter
The "Need More" awareness week runs from 7th January 2019 and aims to highlight opportunities available in the fire service, while busting myths about what it takes to be a firefighter. The campaign is supported by a national website www.oncallfire.uk which encourages people to get in touch with their local fire service, in January or anytime throughout the year.
Every walk of life
An on-call firefighter is someone who responds to a range of fire and rescue service jobs; these range from emergency calls, working at open days, carrying out work with their local communities and acting as an ambassador for the fire service. On-call firefighters come from every walk of life, including homemakers, shopkeepers, builders, farmers, office workers and directors of companies, together with people who are not currently employed. Full training is provided on an ongoing basis, therefore previous experience is not needed. An on-call firefighter could be called out two or three times a week, for a few hours at a time. The on-call hours are based around people’s availability and other commitments.
To be an on-call firefighter, you must:
- Have a strong desire to support the local community.
- Be enthusiastic about working as part of a team.
- Have a reasonable level of personal fitness.
- Live or/and work within 5 minutes of your local fire station.
Drive, commitment and motivation
Group Manager Pup Upton said: 'Have you ever considered a career with the Fire and Rescue Service and do you live or work near an On-Call fire station? If the answer to these two questions is yes and you think that you have the drive, commitment and motivation to learn new skills and work as part of a highly skilled team, then we need you. We will be holding several 'have a go' drop-in sessions throughout the year, why not come along and see if you have what it takes?'
To find out more about becoming a firefighter visit www.esfrs.org/oncall or alternatively visit www.oncallfire.uk. The website gives advice to employers and how having on-call firefighters within their business can bring advantages. These include health and safety and medical response training, as well as developing situational awareness, leadership skills and the ability to work under pressure.