Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Battle, Burwash and Rye – can you come to the rescue?

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is opening its doors to people keen to become on-call firefighters in Battle, Burwash or Rye.

It’s part of a recruitment drive for retained firefighters in these areas. We are looking for people who live or work within five minutes of these particular fire stations.

Rother Borough Commander Paul Evans said: “The Fire and Rescue Service offers a unique chance not only to serve your community but to tackle new challenges. We offer full training and you can become part of a very special group of people. Our retained firefighters do exactly the same job as a wholetime firefighter but are on call instead of being full time. You will be expected to respond to emergencies, such as fires and road traffic collisions. You will also play an important role in helping prevent these incidents through our safety initiatives.”

We already have a wide variety of people who work as retained firefighters.

Firefighter Darren Paine, who is a retained firefighter at Rye said: “The most rewarding part of being a retained firefighter is being able to take on new and different challenges, which wouldn’t have happened in my normal job. I wanted to better myself as well as putting something back into the local community. My father was an RDS firefighter and my family are proud that I am following in his footsteps. My friends have been interested in what I do and some of them are even looking into becoming a firefighter."
Anyone interested in finding out more can attend drill nights to meet current retained firefighters. Please feel free to turn up at any of these stations on a Tuesday, between 7pm and 8pm.

Alternatively, you can telephone Human Resources on 01323 462349 or you can find out more here: http://eastsussexretained.co.uk/apply

The role

Retained Duty System (RDS) Firefighters are an integral part of the County's fire cover and enable us to crew more fire appliances in some of the more rural and remote areas. All RDS Firefighters are trained to the same standards as Wholetime Firefighters and respond to the same level of incidents.

Over 90% of our RDS Firefighters do their firefighting work alongside their day job. For example, we have office workers, self-employed people and those at home during school hours.

RDS Firefighters are paid an annual Retaining Fee of up to £2,905, plus an hourly rate of up to £13.27 for any work undertaken for the Service, including responding to incidents and training. Your annual earnings will depend largely on how much cover you can offer and how often you get called out, but the average earned by RDS Firefighters in East Sussex is between £5,000 and £7,000.

The process

The first question we have to ask is, "Where do you live and/or work?" The reason for this is that RDS Firefighters carry alerters when on duty and need to be at the Fire Station and ready to turn out within 5 minutes of the alerter sounding, travelling at normal road speeds, typically from home or their place of work.

Application Form

The short, straightforward Application Form provides us with information on your contact details, the cover you are able to offer and the distance you are from your local Fire Station.

Initially, candidates are considered on the cover they offer and distance elements alone.

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