Do you have what it takes to be an on-call firefighter?
Tue 27 Jan, 2015
Do you have what it takes to combine your working and home life with being a firefighter?
That’s the question Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is asking as it launches a recruitment drive for on-call firefighters to join the crews at Chesham, Great Missenden, Princes Risborough and Stokenchurch.
On-call firefighters are paid staff who do the same job as full-time firefighters. The difference is that on-call staff are not based in a fire station - instead, they are on standby waiting to be called out.
They may be at home, working for themselves or working for a company that allows them to leave work to attend an emergency call.
Station Commander Paul Scanes said: “On-call firefighters are a vital part of today’s fire and rescue service. They provide an efficient, cost-effective service that gives emergency cover to more than 90 per cent of the UK.
“We are hoping that people who haven’t previously considered applying will stop and ask themselves whether they can, in fact, provide cover at critical times of the day or night."
Like their full-time colleagues, on-call firefighters are trained and equipped to deal with a wide range of incidents and situations. These include fires, road traffic collisions, rescues and water related incidents.
There are benefits for employers who release staff to be on-call firefighters too. The employee will be professionally trained to deal with emergencies, and a firefighter on the staff could help save lives and property in the event of an emergency.
Staff can also be trained for further qualifications such as health and safety and first aid, which could help the business as well.