Open evening at Marlow Fire Station on 9 February
Thu 4 Feb, 2016
Marlow Fire Station is hosting an open evening next week for anyone who is interested in serving their community as an on-call firefighter.
The station, in Parkway, Marlow, will be open from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Tuesday 9 February.
Crew Commander Dave James said: “Visitors will be able to talk to firefighters and officers about what is actually involved in being an on-call firefighter.
“There will be an opportunity to try out some of the physical tests that applicants have to pass, and to look at examples of the written entrance exams and you have to sit before you can be considered for a role.
“If there are any men or woman who feel they may be able to provide some time to provide this vital service to their local community then we would be very pleased to see them.”
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.
Dave said: “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, including fires and collisions,
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.
People who are interested at serving at other on-call stations in the south of the county, including Chesham, Great Missenden, Princes Risborough and Stokenchurch, are also welcome to come to Tuesday’s open evening at Marlow.
Please include the following details in your email:
- Your full name, home address and contact details (home telephone and mobile if possible)
- Your work address if intending to respond during work time.
- What time of day and days of the week would you be able to respond to emergencies?
- Are you an LGV or PSV driver in your main employment?