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Press Release - ‘Have a go’ at being an on-call firefighter
Posted on 10/10/2019

The Service is holding a series of 'have a go days' to give people the chance to see what it is like to be an on-call firefighter.

The next events to be held are at Chard on 19 October and Wells on 20 October. Local fire stations actively recruiting include Chard, Wells, Martock and Glastonbury.

Martock Watch Commander Ian Legg said: “We are particularly looking for people who can provide some cover during the daytime, but we can be flexible and all expressions of interest would be welcome.”

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has a large number of on-call fire stations, the largest number in England.

These stations are crewed by people who do ordinary jobs every day and yet are skilled firefighters offering daytime, evening or weekend cover.

The role of a firefighter calls for determination, courage and commitment but most importantly a desire to serve the community in which they live and work.

On-call firefighters have the same training as wholetime firefighters and will, when required, respond using the latest equipment and techniques, attending a wide range of incidents such as domestic or commercial building fires, road traffic collisions, water or animal rescues, gorse fires or floods.

Many on-call firefighters respond from a place of work with the agreement of their primary employer. The Service works in conjunction with many local businesses where staff respond to emergencies when their pagers sound.

If you would like to understand more about the role of an on-call firefighter please book a place at one of the ‘Have a go days.' See the poster attached for dates and how to contact us.

Upcoming dates

Chard - 19th October
Wells - 20th October
Taunton - 26th October            
Tiverton - 27th October
Holsworthy - 2nd  November

Anyone interested in Martock can email Ian direct on or are welcome to come to the fire station on Coat Road during drill nights on Tuesdays from 7.30-9.30pm. For Wells, email Tom Bridgman on or come to the Burcott Road fire station on Mondays from 7.00-9.00pm.

More information about becoming an on-call firefighter is on the website

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