Thursday, 5 February 2015

Be extraordinary with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is offering the opportunity for people to become retained (on call) firefighters in Wealden.

Applicants would have to live or work within five minutes of the stations at Herstmonceux, Wadhurst, Mayfield and Forest Row so they can easily respond to emergencies.

Borough Commander Mani Gilbert-King said “Becoming a retained firefighter can really bring something new to your life. You are trained to be a vital part of our Service, working to keep communities safe and being there when people most need us. We hope that people from all walks of life will consider applying for this role. If you are dedicated and enthusiastic, ready to push yourself to learn and experience new things, we would love to hear from you.”

Nick Winstanley, a retained firefighter at Herstmonceux, said: “I saw the advert and thought – yes, I can do that. The most rewarding part is knowing that I am protecting people in my home village.”

When asked what do his friends and family think, he added “They are very proud.”

For more information, you can telephone Human Resources on 01323 462349 or you can find out more here:

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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