Need a new challenge for the New Year? Always dreamt of serving your community? Whatever your aim for 2018, we have just the challenge for you – applying to join Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) as an on-call firefighter.
2018 really is the year for you, with today (Monday 8 January) marking the start of a three-week long recruitment drive to inspire the next generation of firefighters at stations including Tuxford, Retford, Collingham, Ashfield, Misterton and Southwell.
On-call firefighters are often referred to as retained, and carry a pager whilst going about their day-job, committing to a certain number of hours per week.
To join as an on-call firefighter, you must live within a five minute travelling distance at normal road speed from either Retford, Worksop, Misterton, Ashfield, Warsop, Southwell, Tuxford, Newark, Bingham, East Leake, Stapleford, Eastwood, Harworth, Blidworth, Hucknall or Collingham fire stations.
Despite not serving communities full-time, on-call firefighters are given the same training as wholetime firefighters and attend the same kinds of incidents, including fires, road traffic collisions, animal rescues, rescues from height and water and chemical incidents or flooding to name a few.
Still not sure you've got what it takes? One our our on-call firefighters shares his story below to prove that Yes You Can, become an on-call firefighter this New Year.
Firefighter Jonathan Redmile is an on-call firefighter in Collingham and told of how it was a lifelong dream of his to become a firefighter.
He said: "My dad was in the fire and rescue service for 30 years and I saw how much satisfaction it gave him. After moving to a village where there was a retained fire station I was able to apply and was thankfully successful.
"To be able to save and help people is a real morale booster. Being a firefighter gives you great life skills that you are able to use in other parts of your life. It's also great being part of such a good team at Collingham as it enables us to work together as one when training and attending incidents.
"The job can push you to your limits, both physically and emotionally, but the rewards far outweigh it. I have a young family and also work in the construction industry, so balancing everything is of course a challenge but it helps that I have a really supportive employer and a really supportive family.
"Covering up to 84 hours a week might seem like a daunting prospect, but it can definitely work, and with the help of your colleagues and managers it really is possible.
"If you are thinking of applying to join the Service, I would say definitely do it. From the moment you walk into training school on your first day you realise how much of a positive experience it will be for you.
"At the age I am, personally I didn't think I would be successful but age is just a number if you are physically and mentally ready for the challenge in front of you.
"It is without a doubt one of the most demanding and emotional experiences I have had to go through but the end result is so worth it and I wouldn't change a thing. I have never felt as proud of myself as I did on my Passing Out Parade in front of my family."
To find out more about some of our on-call firefighters, you can visit our Case Studies section where you can learn more about the job.
If you are interested in applying, or just finding out more about the role, visit our Yes You Can section.