Firefighter recruitment drive in Topsham

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 April 2016


Being a firefighter has been described as the ‘greatest job in the world’ by a watch commander in Topsham, who is appealing for new recruits.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s recruitment drive is aimed at bolstering numbers of retained firefighters in the town.

These crew members will be on standby, living or working within five minutes of the station, ready to respond to emergencies.

Topsham Fire Station currently has four vacancies and the service is looking for people to work evenings and at weekends.

Watch commander Steve Hilton said: “I joined the fire service when I was 21 years old - and it is the best job in the world.

“We have a great morale at the station with all our new recruits coming in and we are currently recruiting for four roles.

“We are a two-pump station and we are currently struggling to man it.”

Applicants must be aged 18 or over and must be prepared for the ‘commitment and discipline’ of being a firefighter.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says applicants must have ‘patience, understanding, empathy and enthusiasm’.

As part of the recruitment process, candidates will have to go through written and physical tests.

On-call firefighters come from a variety of backgrounds – they could be self-employed, full-time parents, trades people, administrators or shopkeepers, but they all share a common purpose in wanting to give something back to the community.

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