A newly-qualified on call firefighter is calling on local residents to consider joining his crew at New Romney fire station as part of their latest recruitment drive.
27-year-old Nick Davis joined Kent Fire and Rescue Service as a new recruit in March 2013: “It’s so different to the average job. Over the last two years I have attending some interesting and challenging shouts including house fires, a large fire an electrical waste disposal site in Sittingbourne and a fire at a hardware shop in Tenterden.”
“My on-call hours easily fit around my day-to-day commitments, with the opportunity to give more additional hours on top of contracted hours when they are needed and when I am available.”
All kinds of people can be on-call firefighters. Most have other jobs, so it may appeal to both men and women of all ages who are looking for extra shifts, or perhaps need something part-time to fit in with other commitments, such as childcare.
Nick, who works locally as a bar manager, has just completed his two-year probation period, which means he has completed all his training and competency tests.
He added: “I would urge anyone who lives close to New Romney Fire Station looking for a new challenge, who enjoys working as part of a team and is keen to make a difference to their local community to consider becoming an on call firefighter. It is an exciting and rewarding role, with huge amounts of job satisfaction. I have gained lots of new skills and knowledge. I get to meet and work with great people and I love it as much now as the day I joined.”
Recruitment is now underway until 30 April 2015 and New Romney Station is holding an information evening on Wednesday 8 April between 7pm and 9pm and a drop-in session on Saturday 11 April from 11am to 2pm.
Requirements include being over 18, physically fit, with good levels of reading and writing. Candidates must be able to be operationally ready within five minutes. Full training is provided to all candidates. Anyone interested in applying can find details of thosefire stations that are recruiting for on-call firefighters, the working hours candidates need to commit to, the recruitment criteria plus a film outlining the fitness tests that need to be completed by visiting: www.kent.fire-uk.org/oncall.