A new training programme for people in Lincolnshire interested in becoming on-call firefighters has been created.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has teamed up with its counterparts in Oxfordshire, Devon and Somerset to develop a new 27 day course, training participants to a national standard.
Jordan Bixley, a fitness instructor from Lincoln, who has just been through the training, said: “If you want to try something completely different and to help someone in their time in need, then get involved.
“For me, I’ve made new friends, gained skills for life, overcome fears and become part of my community. My advice to anyone – just give it a go.”
Dave Gilbert, Deputy Divisional Commander at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, added: “The training is tough, there’s no getting away from it. It’s a big commitment to go through the period of training it takes to become an on-call firefighter but it is definitely achievable.
“It’s something we would urge people to try out for rather than err on the side of caution.”
The first round of selection tests will be held at the national Fire Service College in Gloucestershire on July 17 and 18. Accommodation and meals will be provided.
Those who are successful can progress to further training in September.
Group manager Sean King said: “Lincolnshire is a rural county and, as such, we rely heavily on our on-call firefighters. We need to encourage people which live, work and can respond in their communities to come forward.
“With this in mind, we’ve developed a new programme to respond to the issues and challenges of working in a rural county.
“It will allow our part-time firefighters to train flexibly, learn new skills including first aid, team work and leadership, as well as gain a national qualification. Participants will also be trained by the specialist firefighters from the Fire Service College, as well as the three counties.
“Courses will run throughout the year – meaning people can sign up at any time and start on a course quickly after. And, as soon as the training is over- on-call firefighters can get on a fire engine and be ready to serve.”
An open day is being held at Waddington Training Centre on Saturday, June 27 between 10am and 3pm, where people can have a go at some of the tests.
For more information or to apply, visit the on-call firefighter website.