Festive event to promote benefits of being an on-call firefighter

05 December 2017
On-call firefighters are a vital part of NFRS

​On-call firefighters will be promoting the benefits of their role as they share festive fire safety advice with families at a Christmas tree farm.

Crew members from Brixworth fire station, one of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (NFRS) on-call fire stations, will be at Welford Christmas Tree Farm, off Northampton Road, Welford, from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 17 December.

As well as sharing vital fire safety advice with visitors to ensure the festive period is as safe as possible, the on-call firefighters will also be explaining more about what their role entails as part of an ongoing recruitment campaign.

Personal and community benefits

Watch manager Ashley Tugby said: “Joining the fire service as an on-call firefighter is a brilliant way to serve your local community, learn new skills and make new friends.

“Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service embraces diversity, individuality and inclusion and we would like to encourage all to apply, no matter what race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, ability, or sexual orientation.

“We’re really looking forward to meeting everyone at Welford Christmas Tree Farm and hope that, by explaining more about how on-call firefighting works, we can encourage more people to join us.”

On-call firefighters practicing alongside a fire engine

On-call fire stations looking for new firefighters

On-call firefighter recruitment is ongoing for Long Buckby, Guilsborough, Brixworth and Daventry fire stations. Each station holds weekly training known as drill nights, and new recruits receive full training as well as earning an additional income.

Applicants must be aged 18 or over and be physically fit. Ideally, on-call firefighters will live or work within eight minutes’ travelling time of their local on-call fire station, but all applications will be considered on an individual basis.

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