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Fire service campaigns to recruit on-call firefighters

Earlier this year a similar campaign attracted 24 new recruits Photo: ITV Border

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is launching a new recruitment drive aimed at getting more part time firefighters into the force.

Earlier this year a similar campaign attracted 24 new recruits to the service.

To be an on-call firefighter, you must:

  • Have a strong desire to support the local community.
  • Be enthusiastic about working as part of a team.
  • Have a reasonable level of personal fitness.
  • Live or/and work within 5 minutes of your local fire station.

You must also be available to respond to an emergency during a set number of hours each week.

Cllr Janet Willis, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Fire and Rescue, said:

Being an on-call firefighter is a brilliant opportunity to serve your local community, learn some vital new skills and earn some extra money.

I would encourage as many people as possible to consider a career as an on-call firefighter as it's a really rewarding role. If you are interested in this role, check our website for more information."

– Cllr Janet Willis, Cumbria County Council

John Wall, a senior manager with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, said:

Many of the fire appliances across Cumbria are crewed by on-call firefighters who are extremely professional and provide an excellent service to their local community. They come from all walks of life and various professions, bringing excellent skills from these to their role as an on-call firefighter."

– John Wall, senior manager, CFRS

Kim Bradshaw, a current on-call firefighter, said:

"Being an on-call firefighter is hugely rewarding and will alter your life in ways you can't imagine. I'd always wanted to be a paramedic and I enjoy helping people. Becoming an on-call firefighter felt like a great way to help the community and give something back."

– Kim Bradshaw, on-call firefighter, CFRS

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