role sounded really varied and everyone was really helpful,
I couldn’t wait to get involved. “You have a great
sense of pride knowing you’re helping your local community.
The training is first class, you get to use lots of different
equipment and learn so many new skills that are really useful
in everyday life. My employer is very supportive and has benefitted
too. As a result of my KFRS qualifications I’m now a first
aider and a fire marshal at work. “Being a firefighter
teaches you how to approach different tasks in the mind set
of an incident, to carry out risk assessments and know about
health and safety, it’s really valuable and all transferable
work in an office during the day and it’s not very active
so being an on-call firefighter gives me a good balance. I thought
I’d have to be super fit but that’s not the case,
I go to the gym, swim and do a few classes. “One of the
best things about being an on-call firefighter is being able
to help people and make a difference. It’s such a great
service that people admire and respect and my family and friends
are all proud of me. It’s such a great feeling knowing
that you’re able to help people when they are in need.”
his first ever shout was to a microlight which had crash landed
into a tree. Due to his training he was also able to assist
at a serious road crash while off duty and first on the scene.
“You just don’t know what you’re going to
face when you turn up to an incident. You get butterflies and
an adrenaline rush going out the doors on the fire engine with
the sirens going. It can be quite daunting but once on the scene
your training kicks in. You always have the guidance of your
watch or crew manager and the support from the rest of the crew.
Teamwork is everything in the fire service and you get a real
sense of achievement once you complete a job. “You have
busy periods where you go out several times a week and others
where it’s really quiet, it varies week on week but it’s
definitely worth doing.” said Alex. On-call firefighters
are men and women who are paid to be available for an agreed
number of hours. During that time you are able to carry on your
normal life, but are paid to be available. You are expected
to undertake and attend training. If you can provide daytime,
evening or weekend cover KFRS want to hear from you.
are on-call you will carry a pager and must be able to get to
Edenbridge fire station within five minutes of it sounding.
Alex is usually on-call four and a half nights a week, typically
from 6pm until 6am. But hours can be flexible to ensure best
cover for the station who are also looking for people available
during the day. For the vast majority of those hours Alex goes
about his everyday life either at home or out in Edenbridge.
an on-call firefighter you have to be at least 18 years old
but there’s no upper age limit. You will need a good level
of all round fitness and live or work within five minutes travelling
time of your local on-call fire station. Why not pop into the
station on drill night to find out more.
extraordinary, be an on-call firefighter and help make a difference
in your local community.
also recruiting on-call firefighters at Ashford, Aylesham, Cranbrook,
Dymchurch, Eastchurch, Edenbridge, Hoo, Hythe, Larkfield, Marden,
New Romney and Paddock Wood fire stations.