Heat on to find more Seaton firefighters

PUBLISHED: 07:01 31 October 2018

Seaton fire station Crew Manager Neal Baker (left)  and Watch Manager Jurgen Jameson with their new engine. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Seaton fire station Crew Manager Neal Baker (left) and Watch Manager Jurgen Jameson with their new engine. Picture CHRIS CARSON

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More recruits needed to crew the town's new fire appliance

A shortage of firefighters at Seaton has set alarm bells ringing.

Service chiefs have put out an SOS for more recruits to keep the station up to strength.

It is understood at least four more firefighters are needed to join the crew.

To apply, people must be able to reach the station from where they live or work within five minutes, have a good level of fitness and health and be over 18.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service stress that no previous experience of fire fighting is necessary for the role – the ideal prospective firefighter starts with “a commitment to the community, a positive attitude and a good level of fitness.”

A spokesman said: “Sometimes people overestimate the levels required and this can deter them - particularly women - from applying. The Service will give people advice and help in preparing for both the written and practical assessments. Equally living with a disability is not automatically a barrier to operational fire fighting, it depends on the nature of the disability. Once you are recruited full training is provided.”

He added: “This is an opportunity for men and women who live and/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.”

Seaton has recently been given an updated fire appliance – a smaller and more manoeuvrable Light Rescue Pump (LRP).

The vehicle is designed to play the same role as the conventional larger engine and attend the same emergency incidents.

Anyone interested in joining the crew should go along to Seaton Fire Station on Mondays between 7pm and 9pm and find out more.

* Seaton Watch manager Jurgen Jameson has reiterated the importance of fitting smoke alarms in all properties. For a free home safety check call 0800 0502999.

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