Firefighter cover needed in town

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POCKLINGTON residents are being asked to support their local fire station and their community by signing up to become retained firefighters.

Cover is needed at the station largely during the day between 9am and 5pm, although those who can offer evening and night cover are still being asked to come froward.

Retained firefighters still have regular jobs, but respond to emergencies. Those who join are trained and developed to the same standard as full-time firefighters.

Station manager Jason Kirby, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Being a retained firefighter is a 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.”

Potential applicants need to live or work within five minutes, driving at normal road speed, of Pocklington 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 firefighters are paid a retaining fee based on their availability and an additional payment for responding and attending incidents. Despite the recent announcement that Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are planning cuts over the coming years, this will not affect those working as retained firefighters.

An open day at the station in Pocklington is planned for this Saturday, 12 March from 10am to 2pm.

Members of the exsiting crew will be on hand to answer questions about the job and staff from the Human Resources team and management personnel will be available for advice.

Mr Kirby 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 Steve McMillan 07957 646995 or Jane Skinner on 01482 398556.