FIREFIGHTERS in Lyme Regis and Charmouth are looking for some new recruits and will be offering those interested in learning more about the role to ‘have a go’ throughout November and December.
Fire crews will be on the Marine Parade in Lyme Regis from 7pm to 9pm on Monday, November 26 and from 11am to 2pm on Sunday, December 2 for potential new recruits try out what it’s like to be an on-call firefighter.
You’ll be able to talk to the existing crew members and have a go at practical exercises. There’s no need to book, just turn up.
Crews at both the Lyme Regis and Charmouth stations train on a Monday night, every week from 7pm, and those interested in finding out what being on-call is all about are welcome to come along.
Watch Manager at Charmouth, Graham Hunt, said: “The easiest way to see if being a firefighter is for you is to come along, have a chat with the crew and try your hand at different things. There will be opportunity to try on breathing apparatus, climb a ladder, assemble some of the vital equipment needed and do the national firefighter selection test for carrying equipment.
“On-call firefighters receive the same training and development as full-time colleagues, and we can be called to all manner of emergencies, including fires, road traffic collisions, animal rescues and flooding. The pay does vary, depending on how much cover you give, but it is fantastically rewarding to be a part of your community and to be in a position to help people.”
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service needs new on-call recruits to provide fire cover at locations across West Dorset, but particularly in Charmouth and Lyme Regis.
On-call or retained firefighters are ordinary people doing extraordinary work, who may have other jobs or responsibilities as well as their vital role with the Fire & rescue Service. Sixty per cent of firefighters in Dorset and Wiltshire work on an on-call basis, making them hugely important to both the service and the communities they serve.
Contracted hours can vary, but on-call personnel usually make themselves available for between 48 and 120 hours per week. Between them, each fire station team will provide cover for weekdays, evenings, nights and weekends.
In order to be on-call, you will need to be 18 years or over and able to respond to the fire station in around five minutes once your pager goes off. This can be from home or work, and employers can benefit from a firefighter’s training – such as first aid, manual handling, a greater understanding of health and safety in the workplace, and enhanced team spirit.
If you are interested in being an on-call firefighter but can’t attend the above events, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/be-one-of-us