Recruitment hopes for fire station

Recruitment Day at Pock Fire Stn - new recruit James Sayer (centre)  learning the ropes from his colleagues.
Recruitment Day at Pock Fire Stn - new recruit James Sayer (centre) learning the ropes from his colleagues.

EXTRA day-time cover could soon be starting at Pocklington Fire Station after a successful recruitment drive.

A recent open day at the Station Road station proved positive as eight people, including both men and women, showed interest in joining the existing retained crews.

A spokesman for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said: “It went very well, we had about 12 people come in to talk to the crew members and from them about eight have expressed an interest.

“This sets them on the first rung of the ladder for joining the service.

“I would still expect that number to drop, but we only need a small number of people so it’s still very good for us because it would still help plug the gaps we have got.

“To get this number of people, who are prepared to offer cover at the specific times we asked for, is really good.”

Pocklington’s team, made up of part-time retained firefighters who hold down regular jobs but respond to emergencies, had specifically asked for cover during the day.

Those who join are trained and developed to the same standard as full-time 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.

Those who showed an interest during the open day will need to submit formal applications and go through an interview with the station’s watch manager Steve McMillan.

Before qualifying, they must also sit written exams for basic numeracy and literacy, then undergo physical tests related to the job.