Fire chiefs recruiting for batch of lifesavers

Marie Carter and son Luke Carter, three with Garstang Fire Station Crew Manager Kevin Horner after they raised �310 for The Legacy Rainbow House
Marie Carter and son Luke Carter, three with Garstang Fire Station Crew Manager Kevin Horner after they raised �310 for The Legacy Rainbow House

The next batch of lifesavers are being sought by Garstang Fire Station.

The station is hiring retained firefighters to join their team and have listed what it takes to become one of the best and what they’re looking for.

Kevin Horner, 39, crew manager at the station, said: “You can see some gruesome things and it can be quite trying but it’s very rewarding.

“We’re looking for someone who is committed and loyal as well as the other basics requirements. From applying you can be on call within a month but you’ll be doing further training pretty regularly after that. When your buzzer goes you never know what you’re going to and not one job is the same.”

Retained firefighters often have another job and rather than being based at a fire station, provide on-call cover from home or work. They respond to emergencies when their pager alerts them, so must live or work within five minutes travel time from the station.

“When I joined seven years ago, it was to give something back to the community. Having the training, like first aid, is also a big boost because you know you can help your friends and family if anything ever did happen and that’s a great reassurance,” said Kevin.

Retained firefighters, like their full-time colleagues, are trained to deal with a wide range of situations and incidents. Fighting fires can be just a small part of the role. They are called upon to provide community education and advice on fire safety, but, when they are called to an emergency, they could be dealing with any type of incident, from road, rail or air crashes, to floods, fires, chemical spills or rescuing people trapped in confined spaces.

To become a retained firefighter you must be over 18, have a good all-round fitness, have good eyesight, be numerate and literate and live within five minutes of the station.

Retained firefighters receive a salary for the hours of cover they provide. The salaries range from £2657 to £8966 depending on the fire station.

To apply go to the Lancashire Fire Service website, go tot he retained firefighters section and read about the six stages you must complete before becoming employed.