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Lofthouse Fire Station Needs You

23rd October 2017

We’re recruiting volunteer firefighters at Lofthouse fire station!

In 2005 local residents in Lofthouse came together to create a volunteer unit for the village to supplement the response provided by the nearby retained stations.* Currently there are six volunteers based at the station.

The vehicle they use to attend emergencies is a Land Rover (not a full size fire engine) and they do not attend all incident types, however when they are sent to incidents, the nearest standard fire engine (from other fire stations) also attends. The Land Rover doesn’t carry water, breathing apparatus sets or rescue equipment, and is therefore, very limited in the types of emergency incident it can attend and deal with.

These arrangements have been reliant on sufficient residents coming forward to volunteer and to undertake the initial and ongoing familiarisation training required to operate safely and effectively.

A number of factors mean it is very difficult for the current volunteer crew to commit to maintain the required level of training and availability to respond to incidents and, due to this they have been unavailable to attend incidents for a number of months now. More volunteer firefighters are, therefore, needed for the station.

If you have some spare time available, live or work in the Lofthouse area and would be interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter at Lofthouse we would love to hear from you.

Volunteer firefighters must be able to respond to the station at Lofthouse within twenty minutes to attend incidents. They must also undertake a number of tests including a fitness test and pass a medical check. Following this they complete a basic training course which is related to the skills they need to perform their role as volunteers, and then complete on-going training once in the role.

Volunteer firefighters are paid for attending training courses and incidents but are not paid a salary/retainer unlike retained firefighters.

If you are interested you can apply on our website through the retained firefighter recruitment application form. Or you can call into a recruitment event at Lofthouse fire station on the 18th November between 10am and 2pm, where you can find out more about the role of volunteer firefighters.

We are also recruiting retained firefighters at Grassington, Summerbridge and Masham.

*The response to emergency incidents in Lofthouse is provided by the retained fire stations at Summerbridge, Masham and Grassington. 

 Lofthouse fire station

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