Search

Host of firefighters recruited across Norfolk but more are still needed

PUBLISHED: 15:04 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:04 24 November 2017

The latest retained fire fighters undergoing their training exercises. Picture: Norfolk County Council

The latest retained fire fighters undergoing their training exercises. Picture: Norfolk County Council

Norfolk County Council

Vacancies at fire stations across Norfolk have been filled with the appointment of 15 new firefighters.

The latest retained fire fighters undergoing their training exercises. Picture: Norfolk County Council The latest retained fire fighters undergoing their training exercises. Picture: Norfolk County Council

The latest retained firefighters to be recruited by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service have completed their initial two-week training programme.

The new recruits will be continually trained on the job over the next two years and will be based at stations including Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Hethersett, Diss, Martham, Loddon, Hingham, Attleborough, Sandringham, Gorleston, Methwold and Outwell.

Norfolk’s chief fire officer David Ashworth said: “This is really good news for the stations involved and the communities they serve.

“We have identified retained recruitment as a priority for the service and have invested a great deal of time and effort into improving our recruitment process.

The latest retained fire fighters undergoing their training exercises. Picture: Norfolk County Council The latest retained fire fighters undergoing their training exercises. Picture: Norfolk County Council

“It is pleasing to see this delivering positive results.”

However, there are still 56 retained firefighter vacancies across the county.

Filling the roles is vital for the fire service as 39 of Norfolk’s 42 stations rely on retained firefighters.

For fire engines to go out, they must be staffed by a minimum crew of four. If no crew is available fire engines from further afield are dispatched instead meaning response times are slower.

The latest retained fire fighters undergoing their training exercises. Picture: Norfolk County Council The latest retained fire fighters undergoing their training exercises. Picture: Norfolk County Council

Brett Hopcroft, retained development manager, said: “These latest appointments are helping us to ensure cover for as much of Norfolk as possible when our services are needed, but we still need more and would love to fill every vacancy.

“All recruits went through a rigorous process to make it on to the course, and over this initial two weeks they have been learning the basics around dealing with different types of incident, including fires, road traffic incidents, as well as how to work safely at height and near water.”

He added: “It is great to be able to welcome them into the service and I know how rewarding they will find their new careers whilst they respond to their community’s needs.”

As well as the retained fee, firefighters are paid per call out and for their weekly training session earning on average £7,000 per year.

If you are interested in becoming a retained firefighter for the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service you can apply via: www.norfolkfireservice.gov.uk/nfrs/becoming-a-retained-firefighter

Other News

08:59

Snow could be on its way to Norfolk on Sunday as the temperatures plummet to below freezing overnight.

Yesterday, 19:35

On behalf of most of the general public I am totally fed up with endless roadworks and road closures. I appreciate (some) have to be done but can’t they stagger them out a bit?

Yesterday, 19:19

A main road has been closed as a result of a serious collision.

Yesterday, 17:07

A busy road has reopened to eastbound traffic after a lorry jackknifed on the A47 between Acle and Great Yarmouth.

Most Read

Fri, 08:28

Great Yarmouth is set for a tourism spending boost after it was confirmed cruise ships will be docking with hundreds of passengers at the town’s port throughout the year.

Read more
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Tue, 20:26

A care home in Great Yarmouth has been forced to close after watchdogs uncovered a catalogue of concerns.

Read more
Care Quality Commission
Fri, 11:17

He is a cat who became an internet star by making Great Yarmouth’s Tesco store his second home.

Read more
Facebook
Mon, 15:48

A teacher is feeling a new woman and enjoying time with her children after she lost more than four stone in 26 weeks.

Read more
Tue, 10:50

A woman has been arrested on the suspicion of drug-driving and possession of a class A drug after the car she was believed to be driving crashed into a home in Gorleston.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 0°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter