Wadhurst Community Fire Station is opening its doors to help find new on call firefighters to keep the village safe.
Responding to emergencies in the local area is just one of the duties of on call firefighters. They may also be called further afield or be involved in community safety events.
The crews are keen to meet anyone who wants to find out more about the role and so are holding a special “Have a go” day on 25 May 2019, between 10am and 4pm.
Wadhurst Station Manager Dave Thurston said:
“You don’t need to book – just turn up and meet us. It’s a great opportunity to get to know a bit more about East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the people who work for the Service. You will also have the opportunity to take part in some of the activities firefighters carry out.
There will also be activities for children and a chance to see around the station and our fire engine.”
The station is on the High Street, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 6BX.
About being an on call firefighter
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.
Over 90% of On-call firefighters in East Sussex do their firefighting work alongside their day job.
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.
Find out more: www.esfrs.org/oncall