Southwell firefighters Aneta Suszczyk and James Armstrong-Clausen
Southwell firefighters Aneta Suszczyk and James Armstrong-Clausen

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is set to launch its latest recruitment drive.

New retained or on-call firefighters are needed at stations across the county, including Collingham.

The service’s Yes You Can campaign aims to encourage people who have often thought about becoming a firefighter, but never got round to applying, to get in touch.

“For anyone thinking about joining our team as an on-call firefighter, I would seriously encourage you to get in touch with your local crew,” said chief fire officer John Buckley, who initially started his fire and rescue career as an on-call firefighter more than 20 years ago.

“Not only is it personally a rewarding job, but it will also see you helping to keep people in your local area safe — as well as giving you a wide range of new skills.

“If you haven’t thought about joining us, I would strongly advise having a look at the information on the careers page on our website.

“You may already have the skills to be a fantastic firefighter, you just don’t know it yet.”

The service’s retained staff work on a part-time basis and commit a certain number of hours per week to being on-call.

During these hours they carry a pager and respond to emergencies from home or another place of work.

'I have become a stronger and better person'

They are given the same training as whole-time firefighters and attend the same types of incidents, including fires, traffic collisions, animal rescues, rescues from height and water, chemical incidents and flooding.

Some retained stations also respond to medical emergencies.

One of the service’s newest on-call firefighters, Aneta Suszczyk, who is based at Southwell, said that joining the fire and rescue service was one of the best decisions she had ever made.

“I have become a stronger and better person,” she said.

“I have  made my parents proud and I have met a lot of magnificent people from trainees to station managers — all of whom help motivate you to be the best you can be.

“You are never alone at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, as there is always someone by your side.

“If you want to be part of an amazing team, join up.”

Applications are being accep-ted at Collingham, Tuxford, Southwell and Bingham.

The application window opens today (Monday) and runs for three weeks.

Those interested are urged to visit the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service website for more information and to apply.