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Could you be an on-call firefighter? Open days in Dereham and vacancies across Norfolk
written by Norfolk Fire Service on the 17th January 2018 at 8:28

Norfolk residents looking to add another string to their professional bow are invited to apply to become on-call firefighters across the county. People looking for an additional career, or a part-time career to fit around other commitments, can help to solve the current shortage of on-call firefighters and help their community. 

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS) is recruiting across the county, with the on-call positions sure to attract people from all walks of life.

There is currently a recruitment drive in Dereham, which is hosting two open days later this month to fill on-call (also known as retained) vacancies. 

With 39 of Norfolk’s 42 fire stations relying on on-call firefighters, there is an ongoing campaign to fill  roles in towns and villages around the county. It is really important as it means firefighters are available nearer to any incidents and the service can respond quickly.

NFRS's on-call firefighters often maintain other careers too, with current members of staff also working in a wide range of jobs; from accountants to electricians and tree surgeons to PAs.

As well as having a reasonable level of physical fitness, retained firefighters must live or work within five minutes of their fire station at the times they are on-call. Initial training is for two weeks and then recruits are in development with their crews for the following two years and also attend weekly training sessions.

The open days at Dereham Fire Station are on 27 and 28 January between 11am and 3pm and everyone is welcome to pop along, find out more and speak to members of the retained crew.

Brett Hopcroft, Retained Development Manager at NFRS, said: “Filling these roles is vital to ensuring we maintain a good service to the residents and businesses of Norfolk. On-call firefighters are key to our service being able to offer good coverage across the county.”

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “We have a really strong youth cadet community and plenty of firefighters of the future in training. However recruiting adults as on-call firefighters can be a challenge given the fact they need to live or work so close to a fire station when on-call. Their work in keeping the communities of Norfolk safe is so worthwhile and valuable to whole communities.”

As well as the retained fee, firefighters are paid per call out and for their weekly training session. On average, an on-call firefighter in Norfolk earns £7,000 per year.

For more details about becoming a retained firefighter in Norfolk, visit:

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