Meet FF Bradley Tanner, an on-call firefighter at Clitheroe station. Bradley has been an on-call firefighter for a little over a year and when he is not responding to incidents, he works at Art of the Loom, a textile production company also in Clitheroe.
Bradley said “I’m currently an on-call firefighter in Clitheroe providing 80 hours of cover per week. I cover nights, evenings and occasionally daytime cover too. I wanted to join Lancashire Fire & Rescue service to help people within my local community in their time of need, so I applied and went on to pass my retained recruits course in March 2020. I felt a great sense of pride and achievement when I passed my course and I’m very proud to be able to wear the LFRS uniform.”
On-call firefighters respond to incidents via an ‘alerter’ and must live or work five minutes from the station. They must also attend a drill night once a week where they keep their skills up-to-date and train with their fellow on-call colleagues. Bradley commits his on-call hours mainly on evenings and weekends though he is expected to go on additional courses throughout the year to top-up his skills. If he wishes to gain further skills like water rescue, large animal rescue and even gain the qualification to be able to drive the fire engine he can do!
Bradley continued by saying “Since joining the service I have attended a wide range of different incidents, all of which have been completely different from the next. There’s no feeling quite like the one you get when the alerter sounds and you’re making your way into station as you never know what type of incident you could be turning out to, however LFRS provide a necessary amount of training to ensure that no matter the situation you’re in, you always feel confident in you’re ability to help others that may need it.”
To find out more about being an on-call firefighter or to apply, visit www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk/careers