If you live or work within five minutes from Headcorn fire station, you could be exactly who Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is looking for to join its crew of on-call firefighters.
27-year-old Adam Price has just completed his first year as trainee on-call firefighter and describes his experiences so far. He said: “I was drawn to the fire service because I wanted to help people in my community as well as challenge myself and develop new skills."
“The training is physically and mentally demanding, but it’s hugely enjoyable and the breathing apparatus course was a particular highlight for me because it took me out of my comfort zone, and taught me some very important firefighting lessons. Once you have completed the first stage of courses, training is very much on the job, responding to incidents as part of a crew, putting all your newly learnt skills into practice.”
“You have to group together as a team in order to succeed and dealing with live incidents is very rewarding. The first time I entered a burning building, putting my breathing apparatus training into practice, was at a warehouse fire. I felt glad to be able to help the property owners by fighting the fire. I’m surprised by the variety of incidents I have attended in the short amount of time I have been training. So far I have attended car fires, garden fires, domestic fire alarms, road traffic collisions and have assisted the police.”
On-call firefighters are not based at a fire station. They carry a pager and respond to emergency incidents using the local station to respond from when this happens. They receive an annual wage to reflect the time they commit to being available plus additional payments for certain activities and they are expected to undertake and attend training at least once a week.
On-call firefighters are men and women who may have other jobs and are able to provide evening, daytime or weekend availability "on-call" cover. KFRS needs people who can be available for at least 50 hours a week, a minimum of 30 hours which must be predetermined.
Adam, who lives in Headcorn with his fiancée, is currently working towards his two-year competency assessment, alongside his main employment as a community rugby coach for England Rugby. He fits in his 52 on-call hours each week around his work coaching in local schools, colleges, universities and clubs, as well as delivering training courses for local rugby coaches and teachers.
Adam added: “I would recommend being an on-call firefighter to anyone who has a desire to make a real difference to their community, but isn’t afraid to work hard to develop themselves in the process.”
You could become an on-call firefighter if:
You are over 18 years old
Have a good level of all round fitness
Work or live within five minutes travelling time of an on-call fire station
Can be available at the times when your local station needs cover.
For more information about becoming an on-call firefighter and to register your interest click this link:
Would you like to join Adam and the team at Headcorn?