We are encouraging people who have a passion for helping their local community to apply to become on-call firefighters. Recruitment opened on Wednesday 1st June for training courses commencing on 31st October and 14th November 2022.
While our lives were limited by restrictions during the pandemic, now is the perfect opportunity for those looking for something more fulfilling, who want a role where no day is the same.
We employ people from all walks of life, ranging from self-employed tradespeople and stay-at-home parents to employees of small businesses and large, well-known organisations.
Working as an on-call firefighter means being involved in a wide range of activities in your local area, from responding to emergency calls to carrying out work in local communities to support their needs or providing prevention advice to help keep them safe. In return, the fire service can offer flexibility around study, work, and family commitments, first class training and development opportunities and a chance to make a difference in your local community.
Paul Farman, Watch Manager at Lytham Fire Station, says there is a misconception that being on call is restrictive:
“A lot of people don’t realise that we can structure a contract around any shift pattern, they view this job as restrictive without knowing how accommodating it can be. It’s a massively child-friendly job, I’ve done the school run for the last seven years.”
Paul advises anyone interested in applying to come down to a drill night at their local station. “When I joined, I came to drill nights for six months before I went on a recruit’s course. You get a real feel for what it’s like, you see the crew, the crew get to know you, and you see if you fit in too. We can help you with your fitness and prepare you for what’s to come and we can even discuss childcare and contractual arrangements.”
Working in the fire service means you become part of a close-knit team, earn extra money, and receive full and ongoing training so you develop a broad range of transferable work and life skills. We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the local communities we work in and so welcome enquiries from all. No previous experience is necessary, but applicants must:
- Be aged over 18
- Have a good level of all-round fitness
- Have a good standard of eyesight and hearing
- Commit to a weekly two-hour training session
- Have the time and commitment to participate in this essential emergency service
Does this sound perfect for you? To learn more or apply, visit www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk/careers