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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Recruitment bid for on-call firefighters for Cumbria

Another drive has been launched to recruit more on-call lifesaving firefighters in Cumbria.

About 25 more firefighters are needed at 16 stations across the county.

The latest push for retained crew members to provide vital cover comes on the back of a campaign earlier this year that saw 30 recruits sign up to start training. They’ll work at 25 stations.

More firefighters are now needed to man engines at stations including Appleby, Aspatria, Bootle, Egremont, Kirkby Stephen, Maryport, Seascale, Shap and Silloth.

Barry Doughty, the county councillor responsible for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS), said: “On-call firefighters are a vital part of CFRS and are called upon to attend the full range of incidents including fires, floods, road traffic collisions, chemical spills and more, and work alongside their full-time colleagues at many incidents.

“I’d urge people in the areas we’re looking to recruit to consider applying to become part of the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service team.

“There’s lots of advice and support available to help get potential recruits through the selection process and firefighters on hand to answer any questions they might have about what the role entails.”

New on-call firefighters will be expected to attend a two-hour training session each week plus other core training courses.

The on-call duty system requires firefighters to live or work within five minutes of their station so they can respond to emergency calls. On-call firefighters provide an agreed number of “availability” hours and only attend the fire station when they have received a call-out. At most stations, weekday day cover between 8am and 6pm – in addition to weekend cover – is needed.

One recently retired on-call firefighter who clocked up 45 years’ service at Appleby fire station is calling on people in his community and others to get involved.

Brian Jones said: “My aim was to serve the community and, as my dad was a firefighter at Appleby, I joined as well.

“It’s a very rewarding role. At Appleby we deal with a lot of accidents on the A66 and I’ll never forget how rewarding it always was to get somebody trapped in their vehicle out and know what a difference you were making to them and their families.”

Pay scales for on-call firefighters, who can earn up to £6,000-a-year, are a retainer of £2,158 to £2,877, dependent on the cover provided and an hourly rate of £13.14 when competent in your role.

Recruitment sessions are being held at

  • Appleby: 11am until 2pm Saturday, August 16; 4pm until 7pm Wednesday August 27.
  • Aspatria: 3pm until 5pm Monday, August 18.
  • Bootle: 2pm until 6pm Thursday July 31 and 2pm until 5pm Sunday August 31.
  • Egremont: 11am until 1pm Friday July 25.
  • Kirkby Stephen: 11am until 2pm Saturday July 26 and 4pm until 7pm Tuesday August 19.
  • Maryport: 2pm until 5pm Tuesday August 19.
  • Seascale: 11am until 1pm Monday July 28.
  • Shap: 11am until 2pm Sunday July 27 and 4pm-7pm Monday August 18.
  • Silloth: 2pm until 5pm Thursday July 24.

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