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Press Release - Appeal for on-call firefighters in Yeovil
Posted on 08/12/2017

Firefighters at Yeovil Fire Station are looking for people from the local community to join their ranks as on-call firefighters.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is looking for people in the Yeovil community to be on-call or ‘retained’ firefighters.  No previous experience of firefighting is necessary for this role – the ideal prospective firefighter starts with a commitment to the community, a positive attitude and a good level of fitness.

This is an opportunity for men and women who live and/or work within five minutes response time to the fire station to potentially save lives in fire, flood and road traffic emergencies.  Being on-call means that you provide a level of cover whilst at work or at home and when you are needed your pager will alert you to attend the station.  People who can give cover during the day are particularly needed. Many people have primary occupations whilst on-call - either employed or self-employed, the Service has examples of employees in factories, shops, takeaways and restaurants who are on-call firefighters.

You need to be over 18 and have a good level of fitness and strength, but sometimes people overestimate the levels required and this can deter them (particularly women) from applying.  The Service will give people advice and help in preparing for both the written and practical assessments. Equally living with a disability is not automatically a barrier to operational firefighting; it depends on the nature of the disability.  Once you are recruited full training is provided.

An open evening for anyone who is interested in applying will be held at Yeovil Fire Station on Wednesday 3 January, 7-9pm.

More information about how to apply is on the website www.dsfire.gov.uk


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