by Alan Quick

DEVON and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) is looking for people in the North Tawton area to be on-call or “retained” firefighters.

No previous experience of firefighting is necessary for this role, the Fire Service says the ideal prospective firefighter starts with a commitment to the community, a positive attitude and a good level of fitness.

It says 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 a retained firefighter provides a level of cover whilst at work or at home and when needed a pager will alert the firefighter to attend the station.

It says 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.

The Service says potential applicants need to be over 18 and have a good level of fitness and strength, but adds that sometimes people overestimate the levels required and this can deter them (particularly women) from applying.

The Service gives people advice and help in preparing for both the written and practical assessments.

Equally, it says living with a disability is not automatically a barrier to operational firefighting; it depends on the nature of the disability.  Once recruited, full training is provided.

DSFRS is an inclusive employer and adds that it is working towards a workforce which reflects the local community, so if you are interested please go along to a Recruitment Evening, which will be held at North Tawton Fire Station, from 7pm, on Wednesday, September 20.

If you cannot attend, or would like further details, please telephone 07850 963608.