From helping those involved in collisions, to assisting with flood relief and school visits, the life of on-call firefighter is varied, rewarding and challenging. Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment campaign that gives an insight into life in this extraordinary role- and you can see if this is path for you.
The Find Your Reason campaign is inspired by the amazing people who currently serve their local communities as on-call firefighters as well as their usual employment.
The Service currently has on-call firefighters providing essential fire cover at 22 stations and 20 of these are staffed solely by them. We are particularly looking for on-call firefighters in Much Wenlock, Prees, Newport, Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Bridgnorth and Clun but welcome applicants from any area within five minutes of a fire station.
To apply you simply need to:
Be aged 18 or over (there is not maximum age)
Live or work within five minutes of your local on-call fire station (you can find your local station here)
Be physically fit- or able to develop the necessary fitness (we will support you and give training in this area)
Station Manager Jim Barker, lead for on-call recruitment, said:
“Recruitment takes place all year round and is the bedrock of the fire service here in Shropshire, so we really wanted to illustrate this with our range of videos and advertisements that you will spot around the county. We’ve also taken this opportunity to highlight what our on-call firefighters love about their job and how the role works for them and around their lives and commitments.
“We have a network of fire stations throughout the county and welcome applications from anyone who has an interest in serving their community and being part of a great team of people while experiencing the adrenaline of attending incidents.
“There are so many aspects of being an on-call firefighter and benefits to the job. Many of these are highlighted in our new campaign so take a look at our social media channels to get a feel for why you might like to join us. You get to help vulnerable people in your area, support local schools and events and develop skills that you can take into your everyday work life. We’re holding open days throughout the year for you to come and get an idea of what it is like to be an on-call firefighters so please keep an eye out for those and get in touch with us.”
To apply to be an on-call firefighter or to find out more information visit https://www.shropshirefire.gov.uk/on-call