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Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service issues plea for on-call firefighters at Much Hadham

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If you work or live within four minutes of Much Hadham fire station, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service needs you.

A plea has gone out for on-call firefighters to help provide an essential service for the community whilst earning additional money – and HFRS is particularly looking for help at six fire stations, including the Much Hadham one at Hadham Cross.

An on-call firefighter is a fully-trained team member who responds to incidents from home or work. They engage in their normal day-to-day activity or primary employment and are contacted via an alerter in the event of a 999 call.

A poster issuing plea for on-call firefighters (52687171)
A poster issuing plea for on-call firefighters (52687171)

Once alerted, on-call firefighters check in to their fire station, collect their fire kit and work alongside full-time firefighters at the same incidents.

Alex Woodman, Herts County Council's director of community protection, said: “Being an on-call firefighter is one of the most exciting and rewarding jobs you can do while providing a valuable service to the community.

"The flexibility of a working pattern that you can fit around work or home life also means the job can be balanced with other commitments, which has attracted an increasingly diverse workforce. We’re looking for team players who want more for themselves and their community to apply to this exciting role.”

Anyone interested is urged to attend an engagement session. The next one takes place on Saturday November 13. Those who are short-listed will be required to attend a selection day on November 27 or December 5 at JESA Training Centre, Stevenage.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be over 18 when the recruit course is due to start – there's no upper age limit
  • Live or work within four minutes of their chosen on-call fire station
  • Have the right to work in the UK (any nationality is accepted)
  • Have no unspent criminal convictions (if you have a criminal record, you must indicate in your application).

There are no height requirements, but you will need to maintain a level of fitness and this will be tested during the selection process.

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