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On-call firefighters save house in Mere and call out for new recruits to join them


Date: 26th July, 2019

Crews from Gillingham, Shaftesbury and Wincanton (Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service) were called to a property fire in The Fields, Mere today at 10.48am. Firefighters used one hose reel, one main line and two sets of breathing apparatus to extinguish a fire which has started in a shed but spread to a neighbouring property. Firefighters managed to contain the fire to the shed and kitchen roof, saving the house from more serious fire damage.

Area Manager Andy Cole, who attended this incident said: “Firefighters did a great job of saving the house involved in this incident. This fire occurred about 300m from Mere Fire Station but unfortunately, due to lack of available firefighters, Mere was not available to attend. We have and continue to try to recruit on-call firefighters across Dorset and Wiltshire, this type of incident shows exactly why we need these new recruits. It took firefighters from Gillingham 12 minutes from the call to arrive at this incident and if Mere had been available, this response time could have been cut dramatically.”

On-call firefighters are paid members of staff who respond to their local station when they are required to attend incidents and help their local community. They receive the same levels of training and support as their wholetime colleagues. We are particularly interested in hearing from females or those from underrepresented groups. If you are interested in becoming an on-call firefighter, please find out more on our website https://www.dwfire.org.uk/working-for-us/on-call-firefighters/

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