If you are looking to take your first step on the ladder to becoming an on-call firefighter and have what it takes to be one of Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s (KFRS) everyday heroes, then Grain Fire Station wants to hear from you.
A special recruitment event is being held at the fire station in Chapel Road, Grain on Wednesday, 7 October at 7.30pm.
Grain Crew Manager, Bert Taylor said: “Being an on-call firefighter requires commitment to help others, often in difficult or dangerous circumstances but there are many deeply rewarding aspects to the job, making it highly satisfying as well.”
As an on-call firefighter you will not be based at Grain Fire Station but you must live or work in Grain village and be able to get to the fire station and be operationally ready within five minutes of being paged by KFRS to respond to emergency incidents. On-call firefighters receive an annual wage to reflect the time they commit plus additional payments for attending drill nights and incidents.
They are men and women who may have other jobs but are able to provide evening, daytime or weekend cover. When they are on call they may be at home, working for themselves or for a nearby company. They are a vital part of today's fire and rescue service and help to provide an efficient, effective service that gives emergency cover to more than 90 per cent of the UK.
Bert added: “KFRS provide a comprehensive induction and training course to enable its fire crews to use a variety of equipment on the fire engines and to carry out fire and rescue operations.
“Local businesses may be surprised at the advantages of having a member of staff who is also an on-call firefighter as they can benefit from staff gaining extra transferrable skills such as knowledge of first aid, health and safety, fire awareness and fire extinguisher training, plus an IOSH working safely qualification.
“It’s great working as part of a team to help rescue people from car crashes, putting out fires and responding to a wide variety of other emergency situations in your local area, you feel that you are really making a difference and doing something worthwhile.”
Though people have stereotypes about what it takes to be a firefighter, it’s a very rewarding job that could suit all kinds of people. It can offer a real change from the day job for someone who has spare time on their hands or wants to do something for their community, it can provide extra hours for shift workers or it would suit parents who want work that fits in with childcare.
Other criteria include being over 18, being able to reach the station within the five minute turn out time and being physically fit. On-call firefighters often have other permanent jobs. KFRS pays them to be on-call for an agreed number of hours during which time they can go about their normal lives, but if a call comes in they must be able to get to the station within the five minute turn out time.
You can get full details and watch some short films on what the job involves and the kind of fitness tests required.
Interested or know someone who might be? Then please come along to Grain Fire Station on 7 October at 7.30pm, where you will be able to have an informal chat and find out more about the job and the application process. You can also email or phone for more information.