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Recruitment drive for new on-call firefighters in Bradford on Avon

Date: 31st March, 2022

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking for new on-call firefighters in Bradford on Avon.

The fire station on Station Approach has opportunities for anyone who could provide availability during the week and/or at weekends, with flexible contracts on offer for those who work shift systems or have childcare responsibilities.

On-call firefighters live and/or work within the local community, and are expected to respond to emergencies during whatever periods of cover have been agreed. When the pager goes off, a firefighter can be called to a wide range of incidents, such as commercial and domestic fires, road traffic collisions, rescues from height or water, animal rescue or flooding.

In addition, Bradford on Avon is a co-responder station, where firefighters can opt to support the ambulance service by attending medical emergencies ahead of a paramedic arriving.

During the week starting Monday 4 April, the Service’s recruitment team will be out and about in the town, engaging with the community and encouraging people to consider being an on-call firefighter. This will include a drop-in day at the fire station on Thursday 7 April between 10am and 3pm, when you can call in and have a chat about what being an on-call firefighter involves.

In addition, there will be a ‘have a go’ event at the fire station on Monday 11 April between 6.30pm and 8pm, when anyone interested in a fire service career can find out more and try their hand at using some of the equipment carried on a fire engine.

Station Manager Neil Tidball, the on-call development manager, said: “The role of a firefighter is very rewarding, and it requires determination, courage, motivation, and a genuine desire to serve the community. Successful candidates will become part of a well-trained workforce, earning additional income, and gaining transferable skills such as first aid, driving qualifications and health & safety knowledge – which can also benefit them in their primary employment.”

If you’re interested in applying to be an on-call firefighter – or you’re a local employer with staff who may want to offer availability – please visit www.dwfire.org.uk/on-call-firefighters, email [email protected] or leave a message on the 24-hour recruitment line, 01722 691444.

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