Retained firefighters needed

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BRIDLINGTON fire station is holding an open day on Saturday March 5 to encourage local people to sign up to be retained firefighters.

Retained firefighters are men and women who do ordinary jobs, but are ready to respond to an emergency incident the moment their alerter goes off.

They are trained and developed to the same standard as wholetime firefighters so that they can save lives, rescue people from road traffic collisions and undertake community safety work to make a real difference within their local communities.

At the open day, between 10am and 2pm, there will be a host of information available about the service as well as crew-members Human Resources and management personnel onhand to answer questions and give advice.

Anybody wanting to be a retained firefighter needs to live or work within five minutes (driving at normal road speed) of Bridlington Fire Station and be able to be flexible in their work to ensure they are able to respond to an incident whenever they are needed.

Retained Duty System (RDS) firefighters are paid a retaining fee based on their availability and an additional payment for responding and attending incidents.

Station Manager Jason Kirby, Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Being a retained firefighter is way of helping your community whilst receiving expert training and delivering an essential emergency service.

“The role involves making yourself available at different times of the day and night to provide emergency cover. Many of our current retained firefighters fulfil this role alongside their full time job with the support of their employer.”

There is currently a particular requirement for people who are available during weekday working hours 9am to 5pm.

Jason added: “It is often difficult to recruit retained.

“It’s a great role and is a vital service to our communities.

“I would ask people to come along and see for themselves first-hand what it involves. I am sure they will be pleasantly surprised and consider joining the Service”.

For more information contact Watch Manager Alec Pashley on 07852 311471 or Jane Skinner on 01482 398556.