MORE on-call firefighters are desperately needed to join fire stations at Kirton and Boston.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue says it has made Boston and Kirton two of its ‘priority stations’ for recruiting new part-time firefighters.
Recruitment officer Laura Wint-McKane said: “If Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue does not recruit new on-call firefighters to Boston and Kirton there is a risk that the fire engine at these local fire station will not be able to respond to emergency calls due to a lack of firefighters in the area.”
Potential part-time firefighters would need to be living or working in Kirton or Boston, and in an area where they can respond to emergency calls at the fire station within five minutes.
The majority of the 2,237 square miles of Lincolnshire is crewed by retained staff who attend on a call-out basis. The other stations are either wholetime (24/7) or day crewed (office hours).
Laura Wint-McKane said: “On-call firefighting personnel are a vital part of today’s fire and rescue service.
“They provide an efficient and effective service that gives emergency cover to more than 90 per cent of the UK.”
The 14,000 firefighters who make up the on-call fire service in England and Wales are generally located in rural communities, small towns and villages.
In Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue they make up 70 per cent of the operational staff across 38 stations.
Laura added: “On-call firefighters are paid well for their services and receive thorough training in dealing with emergency situations.
“In addition they may also achieve a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) licence and a certificate in First Aid – which could also benefit their primary employer.”
Lincolnshire County Council is the fire authority and has responsibility for the efficient provision of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.
l For more information about becoming an on-call firefighter, call 0800 3580 204.