Published: May 30, 2013
Appeal for new firefighters at Burnham-On-Sea fire station

New firefighters are being sought by Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station.

A recruitment campaign has begun to find four new crewmembers to take on the life-saving role.

An open evening is to be held at Burnham Fire Station in Marine Drive from 7-9pm on Wednesday June 12th.

"We have not recruited at this station for several years so this is a good opportunity to get involved," said Burnham fireman Dick Solomon, pictured.

"Visitors will be able to drop in on June 12th and find out more about the roles and decide whether they would like to apply."

No previous experience of fire fighting is necessary because extensive training will be given.

This is an opportunity for men and women who live and/or work within five minutes response time to the station to potentially save lives in fire, flood and road traffic emergencies.

Being on-call means that crew provide a level of cover whilst at work or at home and when they are needed their pager will alert them to attend the station. People who can give cover during the day are particularly needed.

Crew need to be over 18 and have a good level of fitness and strength, but sometimes people overestimate the levels required and this can deter them (particularly women) from applying. The service will give people advice and help in preparing for both the written and practical assessments.

Equally, living with a disability is not automatically a barrier to operational fire fighting; it depends on the nature of the disability. Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is an inclusive employer and is working towards a workforce which reflects the local community.


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