Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a new drive for on-call firefighters this month – and is saying Yes You Can to potential applicants.
New firefighters are needed at stations across the county, including Misterton, Collingham, Eastwood and Stapleford, and local residents are being urged to have a look at what the job entails to see if they've got what it takes.
This latest campaign follows the Yes You Can theme - which encourages those people who have often thought about becoming a firefighter, but never got round to applying, to follow their dream and get in touch.
It also aims to get people who have never previously considered becoming an on-call firefighter to give it some thought.
"For anybody thinking about joining our team as an on-call firefighter, I would seriously encourage you to get in touch with your local crew," said the Service's Chief Fire Officer, John Buckley, who initially started his fire and rescue service career as an on-call firefighter more than 20 years ago.
"Not only is it personally a rewarding job, but it will also see you helping to keep people in your local area safe – as well as giving you a wide range of new skills.
"If you haven't thought about joining us, I would strongly advise having a look at the information on the careers page on our website. You may already have the skills to be a fantastic firefighter, you just don't know it yet!"
The Service's retained staff work on a part-time basis and commit a certain number of hours per week to being on-call, during these hours they carry a pager and respond to emergencies from home or another place of work.
They are given the same training as wholetime firefighters and attend the same types of incidents – including fires, road traffic
collisions, animal rescues, rescues from height and water, chemical incidents and flooding.
Some retained stations also respond to medical emergencies in their areas, in addition to fire and rescue incidents.
One of the Service's newest on-call firefighters, Aneta Suszczyk, who is based at Southwell Fire Station, said that joining the fire and rescue service was one of the best decisions she has ever made.
"I've become a stronger and better person, I've made my parents proud and I've met a lot of magnificent people from trainees to Station Managers – all of whom help motivate you to be the best you can be," she added.
"You're never alone at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, as there's always someone by your side. If you want to be part of an amazing team, join up!"
Also commenting, Harworth Firefighter Lamour White said that since joining the on-call crew there, he can't imagine a life where he is
not a firefighter.
"One of my favourite parts of the job has to be the community engagement," he added.
"I feel it's really important to interact with people in the local community, whether it be giving them fire safety advice or just letting them know that we're always there for them."
Applications are being accepted at Misterton, Worksop, Retford, Tuxford, Collingham, Southwell, Blidworth, Eastwood, Stapleford, Bingham, Ashfield and East Leake.
The application window opened on Monday 16th October and runs for three weeks – interested applicants are urged to visit our
Yes You Can section for more information and to apply.
Staff are needed at the following stations: Misterton, Worksop, Retford, Tuxford, Collingham, Southwell, Blidworth, Newark, Eastwood, Bingham, Stapleford, East Leake,
Hucknall and Ashfield.