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Sawbridgeworth fire station sends out plea for new recruits to join its on-call team



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New recruits are being sought at Sawbridgeworth fire station to join the on-call team that includes a building site manager, a security consultant, an agricultural engineer and an aircraft refueller.

The station in Station Road currently has 10 firefighters based there, varying in length of service from two years to 22.

Watch commander Simon Lincoln told the Indie: "Historically we've had staff from all array of primary employ – shopkeepers, taxi drivers, mechanics to name a few."

Sawbridgeworth Fire Station. Pic: Vikki Lince. (54327319)
Sawbridgeworth Fire Station. Pic: Vikki Lince. (54327319)

On-call firefighters are fully trained and respond to incidents from home, work or other locations. They must live or work within four minutes of the station. "This can be by car, obeying all road traffic laws, but we have firefighters turn up on foot or by bicycle," said Simon.

They go about their normal day-to-day activity or primary employment and are contacted via an alerter for a 999 call. They attend their station, collect their fire kit and attend the same incidents as a whole-time firefighter.

Simon described what it's like when called out. "Your alerter goes off, your heart race increases and the adrenaline kicks in," he said.

Firefighter Lawrence Bradbrook putting on a demonstration at an open day at Sawbridgeworth fire station. Pic: Vikki Lince
Firefighter Lawrence Bradbrook putting on a demonstration at an open day at Sawbridgeworth fire station. Pic: Vikki Lince

"You have no idea what kind of emergency you're attending until you arrive at the station. It could mean you leaving your shopping trolley and run off, you leave a meal half eaten, you jump out of the shower and arrive at the station draped in towels, or out of bed when fast asleep. You never know what, where or when it may happen."

He added: "Being a local station and the crew being local, we work closely with the council and police colleagues supporting events, as well as visiting local schools, Brownies, Cubs etc, where many times one of the crew has a child that attends one of these groups."

For more information and the application process see www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/fire.



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