Call for new South Yorkshire fire service recruits

Six South Yorkshire fire stations are recruiting now for on-call firefighters, with anyone interested urged to act quickly.

Friday, 11th September 2020, 12:00 pm

Recruits are needed at Penistone, Stocksbridge, Askern, Rossington, Birley and Dearne to help respond to emergency calls and carry out prevention work.

On-call firefighters are local people who live or work within five minutes of their stations. They carry a pager when they are on-duty that alerts them when they are needed.

Anyone interested is urged to register their interest on the service’s website, www.syfire.gov.uk.

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“The role our on-call firefighters play is vital – these are extraordinary people who drop everything when needed to attend emergency incidents in their local areas,” said station manager Chris Tyler.

“They are given the same training as our full-time firefighters and, rightly, get exactly the same buzz, camaraderie and kudos that comes with such an important job.

“Our recruitment window will close at the end of September so I’d encourage anyone who wants to test themselves and fulfil this common childhood dream to act now.

“That especially includes anyone who is unsure whether this is the job for them. These are flexible roles and we will support people who have the right attitude and commitment.”

On-call staff are paid an annual retainer’fee and then get paid for each incident they attend. They are also paid for any community work they carry out and weekly training on station.

The flexible and adaptable nature of on-call firefighting means that it can be done on top of other full-time work, study or family commitments.

More information on the role can be found at the fire and rescue website.

Alternatively, www.oncallfire.uk provides more detail about the major, national on-call recruitment drive that was launched last year.

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