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“If you like working with people and in the local community then this is the job for you and it’s very hands on,” says mum-of-three Tania Rea who is appealing for Sheppey residents to join her by becoming an on-call firefighter.
Tania, who is a learning support practitioner at Swale Campus, has been with Kent Fire and Rescue Service for three years, during which time she has attended numerous incidents, from house and barn fires to road traffic collisions.
The 43-year-old’s enthusiasm for her part-time role with KFRS is so infectious that her 18-year-old son Fred has recently been recruited by the service and will be undertaking his training in September, hopefully joining his mum on the run in Sheppey soon after.
Tania explained why she joined KFRS: “My husband is a firefighter in London and he said that there’s nothing there that I can’t do so when the on-call recruitment came up for Sheppey, I applied.
“There’s a great team spirit and you get lots of skills and training. We’re looking for people to be on-call during the day so maybe it would suit other mum’s like me whose children have grown up or are at school.”
Sheppey and Eastchurch are among 27 stations across Kent currently recruiting. 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.
All kinds of people can be on-call firefighters. Most have other jobs, so it may appeal to men or women who are looking for extra shifts, want to take on an extra challenge, or perhaps want something to fit in with childcare.
Requirements include being over 18, physically fit, with good levels of reading and writing and candidates must be able to be operationally ready within five minutes. Full training is provided. Anyone interested can find details of the stations, hours needed, recruitment criteria and a film showing the fitness tests on www.kentfirejobs.info
The current recruitment campaign is open until 30 September. Eastchurch is holding an information session on Thursday 29th August at 7.30pm. Sheppey is holding a recruitment evening on Monday 9th September at 7pm.
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If you would like more information, or to attend a Tuesday drill night session, please contact the KFRS press office on (01622) 212425.