Residents in the Moorlands are being invited to become an on-call firefighter

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Residents in the Moorlands are being invited to become an on-call firefighter.

This week is the ‘Need More’ on-call firefighter awareness week, which is being led by the National Fire Chiefs Council and aims to highlight opportunities available in the fire service, while busting myths about what it takes to be a firefighter.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has 33 fire stations across the county, including 23 that are staffed by on-call firefighters who live or work within five minutes of their local fire station, responding to emergencies when needed.

These dedicated individuals give several hours a week, and during these times stop whatever they are doing to go the aid of their community.

Leek based on-call firefighter John Baines has been with the service for 12 years, he said: “The best bit about being an on-call firefighter is the comradery and working together, no matter whether the situation has a positive or incredibly sad out come, you’re in it together.”

John spent several hours tackling fires across the Moorlands during the summer of 2018. He spent so long using the Service’s 4×4 that he was given the nickname of the ‘Forest Uber’.

He said: “I was in Hanley when the Roaches fire started and could see the smoke from there, it was quite scary.
“I think a lot of people join as on-call firefighters because of the adrenaline rush you get when you get called out. There’s nothing quite like it.”

The service is particularly interested in recruiting on-call firefighters for Ipstones and Loggerheads but there are also vacancies in Leek, Cheadle, Kidsgrove and Burslem.

Anyone who lives or works within five minutes of a fire station is encouraged to drop in to meet the crews during their drill nights to find out more.

For further information visit the Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service’s website.

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