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04 April 2017

Search starts for more on-call firefighters to serve communities in Cumbria

Cumbria County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is launching a new recruitment drive to find additional on-call firefighters to serve their communities.

On-call firefighters are needed to join crews at 27 fire stations across the county. The fire and rescue service is recruiting more than 50 on-call firefighters in total. Firefighters are needed at:

  • West - Aspatria, Bootle, Cockermouth, Keswick, Maryport, Seascale, Silloth, Workington.

  • South - Ambleside, Arnside, Broughton-in-Furness, Coniston, Grange, Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe, Staveley, Walney.

  • East - Alston, Appleby, Brampton, Kirkby Stephen, Lazonby, Longtown, Shap, Patterdale, Penrith.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is looking for men and women from all walks of life and all ages who can work as part of a team and are prepared to commit to the role. Qualifications aren’t necessary, applicants must be at least 18 when their contract starts and physically and medically fit.

On-call or retained firefighters are ‘on call’ to respond to a range of emergencies. They can still have another job until the call comes, then they become a professional firefighter. Call-out rates and workloads vary across the stations.

To apply people will need to complete an application form, carry out nationally recognised fitness and practical tests, have an interview and a medical check.

A series of taster sessions, providing an opportunity for people to chat to fire crews, find out more about the role of an on-call firefighter and have a go at some of the tests, are being held at the dates and locations below:

  • Tuesday 4 April - Penrith Community Fire Station

  • Monday 10 April - Barrow Fire Station

  • Tuesday11 April - Workington Fire Station

  • Wednesday 12 April - Kendal Fire Station

All sessions start at 6.30pm and anyone interested is advised to arrive promptly to get the most out of the session. Potential applicants can find more information about the recruitment process at cumbria.gov.uk/oncallfirefighters

Cumbria’s Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock said: “On-call firefighters play a crucial role in our communities and are called upon to attend the full range of incidents, from fires and floods, to road traffic collisions and chemical spills. I would urge people living and working in the areas where we’re recruiting to consider applying to become part of the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service team.”

In addition, fire station open days, where people can call in to discuss the role of a firefighter and the application process, are also being held at the following fire stations:

  • Maryport  4 April 2017, 5pm-7pm 

  • Lazonby 12 April 2017, 5pm-7pm

  • Alston 13 April 2017   5pm-7pm

  • Longtown 18 April 2017   5pm-7pm

For more information, visit cumbria.gov.uk/oncallfirefighters

Watch this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5f2l_dI7Es - for more information about the role of an on-call firefighter.

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Cumbria County Council�s Fire and Rescue Service is launching a new recruitment drive to find additional on-call firefighters to serve their communities.