Fire station to hold experience day as part of county-wide recruitment drive

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Bury St Edmunds Fire Station will next month hold an experience day as part of a county-wide recruitment drive.

Set to take place on Saturday, July 4, firefighters from all walks of life are needed and anybody who wants to find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter is welcome to join the morning session. There will be two sessions on the day at each station with a female only session in the afternoon as part of the event.

Councillor Matthew Hicks, Cabinet Member for Public Protection said: “Many of the fire engines across Suffolk are crewed by part-time, on-call firefighters and they are extremely professional and provide an excellent service to their local community.

“They range from all walks of life and various professions, bringing excellent skills from these to their role as an on-call firefighter. By putting on these events we are trying to encourage as many people as possible to consider a career as an on-call firefighter as it is a rewarding one but it can also be challenging.

“There is plenty of support and training to help those new to the service find their feet. I look forward to welcoming all new on-call firefighters to the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.”

BOn-call firefighters will be paid a retaining fee for being on-call, as well as for any emergencies they attend and during their training. The training is extensive, giving them the skills to deal with a range of emergencies, including first aid, using breathing apparatus, and the chance to become an LGV driver.

Experience day events are taking place at Ipswich East, Lowestoft South and Bury St Edmunds fire stations, but on-call firefighters are required throughout Suffolk.

As part of the day, there will be a taster of the recruitment process such as a fitness test as well as opportunities to talk to current firefighters about their role.

Firefighter Hazel Baldwin, a current On-call firefighter added: “Due to the nature of the role I have been able to continue as a yoga teacher and fitness instructor and have even been able to integrate these skills into the work I perform for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service. The opportunities within the fire service are endless. The more you apply yourself to the role the more the role gives back; the level of training we receive is second to none, and it enables an individual to grow in confidence in the job as well as in their personal life.”

Sessions will be held between 10am-12.30pm (all welcome) and 12.30pm-3pm (females only).

To book a place, or for further information, call 01473 260588 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) or email: fire.businesssupoport@suffolk.gov.uk