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Could you make a difference to your local community?

Find out more about joining Kent Fire and Rescue Service as an on-call firefighter

27 October 2015

Are you looking for a new challenge and enjoy working as part of a team? Maybe you could consider becoming an on-call firefighter at Lydd, New Romney and Dymchurch fire stations.

Lydd Watch Manager Russell Harrison said: "We want to challenge the stereotype that only a certain sort of person can be an on-call firefighter; this could be a great job for all kinds of people. So we are appealing to men and women of all ages who are looking to make a difference in their local community and to take on an additional challenge, to get in touch and find out if this could be for you."

Many on-call firefighters have other full or part-time jobs, so it may suit those who are looking for extra shifts, or perhaps need something part-time to fit in with other commitments, such as childcare.

On-call firefighters are paid to be available for an agreed number of hours and during that time they can go about their normal life at home. However, if they are called, they must be able to drop what they are doing and get to the station, to be ready to respond operationally within five minutes. The contracted hours KFRS will offer will be based on what the station needs to deal with the risk in the area.

Recruitment is open up to 22 November 2015 and anyone interested in finding out more is invited to attend one of the station information events below:

  • Lydd fire Station on Sunday 8 November from 2pm to 4pm and Wednesday 11 November from 7pm to 9pm.
  • Dymchurch fire station on Thursday 5 November from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday 7 November from 10am to 12pm
  • New Romney Fire Station on Monday 9 November from– 7pm to 9pm and Sunday 15th November from 10am to 12pm.

People can also have a chat to the fire crews and find out more about what the role involves at the following locations:

  • Sainsbury’s New Romney Saturday 7th November from 10am - 2pm and Monday 16th November from  2pm to 5pm
  • Dymchurch Tescos Saturday 7 November from 1pm to 4pm.

Fifty-year-old Russell lives in Lydd with his wife and two children and plans his availability around his main working hours as a team leader at Dungeness Power Station.

He said: "Being an on-call firefighter fits in well with my main job and gives me a sense of achievement by helping my community and giving something back to the town, whether it is dealing with a house fire or rescuing someone from a car crash. 

"Incidents require huge amounts of teamwork and helping to save a life or someone’s property can be very rewarding. On top of this, the training you get is second to none, providing transferable skills that can be used at home, such as high quality first aid training, which can come in especially useful if you have young children. You also have the benefit of being trained to use advanced equipment and get to go places the general public normally do not go."

Russell’s most memorable incident is the major fire at the Channel Tunnel fire several years ago. He said: "It is something you train for but never expect to happen - the temperatures were immense - it is an experience I will never forget."

Local gardener, Philip Vince, 30, become an on-call firefighter at Dymchurch 18 months ago. He said: "I grabbed the opportunity to become a firefighter as it is something I have always wanted to do and being self-employed, it works well around my day job. It requires a good deal of personal motivation but you get out of it what you put in. I found the training really interesting and it gave me a sense of pride once completed. I work with a great team at the station and there is a lot of enjoyment to be had from helping others."

Bar-restaurant manager Nick Davis joined New Romney fire stations as a new recruit in March 2013. He said: "It’s a fantastic, exciting role, which offers huge job satisfaction. I have gained lots of skills and knowledge and I love it just as much as the day I joined."

Requirements include being over 18, physically fit, with good levels of reading and writing and candidates must be able to be operationally ready at the station within five minutes. Full training is provided. 

Further information on the hours needed, recruitment criteria and a film showing the fitness tests on www.kent.fire-uk.org/oncall<http://www.kent.fire-uk.org/oncall.

 

On Call Firefighter Nick Davis at New Romney fire station
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