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Benefits of employing an On-call Firefighter

On-call firefighters have the same training as whole time firefighters, and will when required respond, using the latest equipment and techniques, to a wide range of incidents.

During their training, firefighters learn many different skills which could enhance your company, with knowledge relating to fire and road safety, becoming a beneficial transferrable skill into the workplace. Their work is vital to the safety of people and properties in the area and the support of employers allowing their staff to respond is essential.

If you have a fire at your business, who better to tackle the fire than a firefighter who has a good working knowledge of the building?

Key Benefits

Transferrable skills - during training firefighters learn many useful skills. They learn to work well in a team, to think quickly, take responsibility and use their initiative, to communicate fast and accurately and to keep calm in a crisis.

Trained in first aid - Firefighters learn first aid to a high standard. This will help to keep other employees safe but also contributes to legal obligations for first aid cover, cutting the cost of training.

Large goods vehicle training - some firefighters are trained to drive LGV's and also receive Emergency Fire Appliance Driver (EFAD) training which is very similar to an advanced driving test in that it raises their awareness of road conditions.

Trained in Manual Handling - all firefighters are trained by a recognised instructor in the correct procedures when lifting or moving items, the training involves learning simple techniques that could prevent injuries occurring, thus potentially reducing time lost at work through sickness.

Help with health and safety regulations - Risk assessments and fire hazards are all part of the training for firefighter's resulting in skills useful to support health and safety officers and improve the safety of all your staff.

Motivated staff - Staff who are able to fulfil their ambitions and potential are usually happier and more productive in the workplace. Firefighters must be highly motivated to take on the tasks and this motivation will help them in everything they do.

Committed employees - Taking on the role of a firefighter takes commitment and energy. Committed firefighters responding from work are likely to be committed staff.

Good publicity and local reputation for your company - the PR opportunities can be tremendous.

Promoting your company as caring about its community and support of its staff can be very beneficial; and the rest of the workforce can be encouraged by knowing that a colleague is doing something interesting and worthwhile with the support of their employer.

Trained to deal with emergencies - firefighters are trained to deal with a whole range of situations, never knowing what they might find when responding.  This would help them when dealing with the ups and downs of working life.

 

What we need you (the employer) to be aware of

We rely massively on the partnerships we build with local employers allowing staff to be released during their normal working day.

We appreciate the disruption that this can have on your business and we aim to ensure everyone is fully aware of the commitment prior to your agreeing to release the member of staff.

We will endeavour to explain to all staff the potential impact on their primary employment and that this should be taken into consideration when making themselves available for duties.

 

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