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Brigade is recruiting on-call firefighters

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 03, 2013

St Ives fire station is crewed by on-call firefighters. Picture: Cornwall Council

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ST IVES fire station is on the lookout for new firefighters who want to help protect their own community.

The station on Higher Stennack is crewed by on-call firefighters.

Instead of a permanent presence at the station, officers live or work nearby and drop everything to respond when a call comes in.

Now Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting on-call firefighters to provide emergency cover at the station that answered 123 calls in 12 months in 2011-12.

They are particularly keen to recruit officers who can respond during the day.

Recruits must live or work within four minutes of the station, be physically fit and be at least 17½ years old.

Trainee on-call firefighters receive an annual allowance of just over £2,000 plus pay of £9.76 per hour.

There are more than 400 on-call firefighters in Cornwall on standby to respond to fire, road accidents, flooding or other emergency situations.

On-call firefighters from 17 stations around the county have also been heavily involved in helping flood-hit communities. In addition to the weekly 'drill night' training sessions – on Monday night in St Ives – on-call firefighters are called out on average two to three times a week for around an hour at a time.

Nathaniel Hooton, a station manager for the service, said: "On-call firefighters play a vital role within Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, as they provide both an emergency response and bring strong community ties that help us understand the needs of the communities we serve."

For more information visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/firecareers, e-mail firecareers@cornwall.gov.uk or call 01872 323800.

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