More ‘on call’ firefighters are required at Hayling Island
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking for people who want to become on call firefighters in Hayling Island. Successful applicants will get full training, gain new skills and get paid!
The hunt is on to find people to join the team at the station to help deal with everything from fires and road accidents, to floods and vital community work.
The Service is looking for local people, who want to make a commitment to working within their own community by joining the retained firefighters team. Retained firefighters provide an ‘on call’ part-time service, which can be ideal for men or women working locally.
Mark Pannell Officer in Charge at the station explains: “Retained firefighters are a key part of the fire and rescue service in Hampshire and they come from a real cross section of our community. They are trained and paid, and do the same job as wholetime firefighters. Being a retained firefighter is not just about attending incidents whenever you’re required, it’s about teamwork and helping the local community. These are ordinary people doing an extraordinary job.”
The station is currently looking to recruit new firefighters who are available during week days, for example people who are employed locally and can be released to respond to incidents during their working day or those who can provide cover during the day and also weekends. Retained applicants can be male or female but should live or work within about four minutes from the fire station enabling them to respond promptly to emergency calls. They are expected to attend training sessions one night per week. They receive a ‘retaining fee’ and additional payments are made for any courses or incidents they attend.
Mark added: “I would urge local people to come along to one of our training evenings to see if this exciting job would suit them. Often people feel that they would not be suitable or cannot provide enough cover but if you don’t come in, you’ll never know! You could be just what we are looking for. If you live or work within four minutes of the fire station and would like to find out more about joining the team that serves your local community then come along and find out more. There will be firefighters on hand to answer any questions and it will be a great opportunity to find out what the job involves.”
Employers who are interested in finding out more are also welcome to attend these training evenings to see how they can assist by releasing staff and what benefits there are for their business.
Interested? To find out more visit the station on a Monday evening between 7pm and 9pm. Hayling Island’s firefighters will be happy to talk about the role and what’s involved. Alternatively contact Mark Pannell on 07918 888195 or visit the Service’s website www.hantsfire.gov.uk/careerstraining