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Service push to boost retained firefighter level

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

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A PLEA has been issued in a bid to try and swell the ranks of retained firefighters in South Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is searching for people from plumbers to shop assistants to come forward to sign up and help keep their community safe.

Fire stations in Swadlinocte and Melbourne are looking to boost the ranks and senior fire chiefs are urging people interested to come forward.

A spokesman for the service said: “On-call firefighters (also referred to as retained firefighters) are part-time firefighters.

“They are members of the community who are paid to respond to emergencies.

“They do not staff the fire station 24 hours a day like full-time firefighters.

They are notified of an emergency call via a personal pager, which they carry with them when they are on duty.

“On-call firefighters will book themselves available for fire calls and, if a call comes in during the hours they have agreed to be on call, they must reach the fire station within the allocated time usually within 5 minutes of receiving the pager message.

“Some of our on-call firefighters are in full-time employment with an agreement from their employers to leave to attend an emergency call.”

People interested have to match a specific set of entry requirements which include:

• Being a minimum of 18 years of age on appointment;

• The ability to attend the drill night on station on the allocated night each week;

• Providing on-call availability between 60 to 120 hours per week; and

• Be able to reach the station within the allocated time usually 5 minutes during your availability

More information is available by visiting www.derbys-fire.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/firefighters/on-call-firefighters or by calling 01332 777018.

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