Oundle Fire Service Appeals for Volunteers

FireStation-250x187 Oundle Fire Station plays a major role in maintaining the safety of the community, answering calls from a large area of 20,390 hectares. This year alone, the station has answered over 60 calls.

The fire station is staffed by seven members of the community who give up their time to maintain the safety of the town, but it is struggling to find enough people to cover the daytime shifts. Station manager Warren Ellison said: “It’s a community fire station, staffed by the people of Oundle. For it to be a viable service, we need support from the community”. The station is under added pressure to protect the valuable historic buildings of Oundle, and so has a big responsibility.

The fire station is searching for men or women aged 18 and over living in the community, with flexible schedules, who would be available to work at the station. The station is offering retained, part time contracts with full fire fighter training. No work experience is strictly required, but previous jobs involving practical skills can be quite useful in the initial stages of training. A professional, team approach is needed and the job offers the chance to gain self-confidence and learn a variety of transferrable skills, including how to practise first aid and carry out risk assessments.

Warren has had plenty of experience as a fire fighter, having worked for the West Yorkshire fire station for 14 years before joining the Oundle station three years ago.

He wishes to dispel the preconception that fire fighters must be of a hulky physical build. The station welcomes a diverse range of applicants, as the calls answered by the station are varied; previous incidents including water rescues, animal rescues and traffic accidents, as well as fires.

If you are interested in finding out more about the positions available, then please contact Warren at: wellison@northantsfire.org.uk.

By Anna Trafford