Volunteers needed to help fire service

NEW volunteer firefighters are needed to boost the ranks at a Dearne Valley fire station.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue said the Dearne station on Manvers Way in Wath was one of five involved in the latest drive for on-call firefighters, with the others being at Rossington, Stocksbridge, Askern and Penistone.

Fire officers say there has never been a better time to join the service, with the service being rated as one of the country’s leading fire and rescue services in its last inspection.

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Station manager Chris Tyler said: “Our message to local people is simple — we need them.

“On-call firefighters get the same training as wholetime staff, but they don't work shifts.

“Instead, they carry a pager and respond from work and home when needed.

“This is one of the most unique jobs in the world as it requires a huge amount of commitment, bravery and determination.

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“What we are asking is for people to consider making themselves available to respond to emergencies on top of their existing jobs and personal family commitments.

“It’s a big ask, but it’s also a huge opportunity and an exciting time to join our service.”

Prospective on-call firefighters are required to live or work within five minutes of their local station, so they are able to get on the fire engine quickly if needed.

Mr Tyler said on-call crews were used across the country to provide fire cover to more remote areas, with firefighters getting a ‘retainer fee’ for being on stand by, plus an hourly rate on top.

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This summer, they were involved in dealing with a flurry of wildfires attended by the service during the July and August heatwaves.

“Their commitment is incredible and I’d encourage anyone who feels they would like a challenge to get on our website and give us their details,” he added.

You can find out more about applying for an on-call post at http://www.syfire.gov.uk/find-a-job/register-your-interest/.