Monday, 2 September 2013

Eight New On-Call Firefighters Bolster Cambridgeshire Ranks

Eight Cambridgeshire residents have passed out as on-call firefighters.

The new fully trained recruits are now delivering Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service's life-saving work as part of on-call crews in their villages and communities.

The new recruits are as follows:
  • Lee Russell, 23, Ely
  • Lee Wigmore, 23, Sawtry 
  • Steve Wilmore, 43, Yaxley 
  • Gary Rosser, 21, Sutton 
  • Matthew Cross, 34, Ramsey 
  • Peter Jarvis, 38, Sawston 
  • Kiel Porter, 28, Soham 
  • Tom King, 28, Ramsey
The on-call firefighters are fully trained professionals who save lives in their communities alongside their day-to-day lives. They may be at home or work when they receive a pager alert and straight away they must jump into action and get ready to deal with any incident.

The new recruits are now on-call after completing their training at Huntingdon and attend emergencies in their local communities. After they have received six months' practical experience and attended incidents, they will attend Breathing Apparatus (BA) training, after which they will be able to play a bigger role in incidents.

Some new recruits have other jobs and respond to 999 emergencies while they are at work thanks to the support of local employers, who recognise the importance of allowing their staff to respond to incidents.

There are also benefits to the employer and employee as on-call firefighters receive new skills and training which they may be able to use in their full time jobs as well.

On-call firefighters have to be aged 18 and over, have a good level of all-round fitness and live or work within five minutes travelling time of an on-call fire station.

CFRS is recruiting for on-call firefighters and to find out more call 01480 444500 or log on to www.cambsfire.gov.uk.