Topsham fire crew needs YOU! Recruitment drive for on-call firefighters

PUBLISHED: 15:32 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:32 11 July 2017

Devon and Somerset Fire Service has recruited new firefighters.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service has recruited new firefighters.

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Topsham retained fire crew is holding an open evening in a bid to recruit extra on-call firefighters

The hunt is on in Topsham for more on-call firefighters to join the town’s retained crew.

Topsham fire station, in Fore Street, is hosting an open evening for prospective on-call firefighters on Tuesday, July 18, starting at 6pm.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it was especially keen to hear from people who could provide cover during the daytime.

Previous experience of firefighting is not necessary for this role because full training will be given to successful recruits.

A fire service spokesperson said: “The ideal prospective firefighter starts with a commitment to the community, a positive attitude and a good level of fitness.

“This is an opportunity for men and women who live or work within five minutes response time to the fire station to potentially save lives in fire, flood and road traffic emergencies.

“Being on-call means that you provide a level of cover whilst at work or at home and when you are needed your pager will alert you to attend the station.

People who can give cover during the day are particularly needed.

“Many people have primary occupations whilst on-call - either employed or self-employed; the service has examples of employees in factories, shops, takeaways and restaurants who are on-call firefighters.”

To apply, you need to be over 18 and have a good level of fitness and strength.

The spokesperson added: “Sometimes people overestimate the fitness levels required and this can deter them – and particularly women - from applying.”

The fire service will give people advice and help in preparing for both the written and practical assessments.

Living with a disability is not automatically a barrier to operational firefighting; it depends on the nature of the disability, the firs service said.

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