This month, Misterton fire station is recruiting in West Stockwith for firefighters to join training courses in September and November.
The local fire station is running at around 60 per cent of ideal staffing levels and this affects the station’s ability to provide a 24/7 response. When there are insufficient firefighters on call, Misterton’s fire engine will sit in the fire station while the next nearest appliance will be sent—this could be from Retford or Harworth.
Misterton fire station is only staffed by on-call firefighters, who all carry a pager and are available at different times of the day to respond to emergencies. They are all trained to the same high standards as full-time firefighters, but the flexibility of the on-call system means that they can balance this with other work and family commitments.
Being an on-call firefighter is a rewarding and exciting way to serve your local community, as well as to earn an extra income - firefighters receive a monthly ‘retainer’ plus additional payments for attendance at incidents, training sessions, and other duties. Female firefighters are underrepresented - Misterton is one of the few stations in the county with no female personnel. The fire service could be a second or part-time role, which could tie in around a full-time job, school hours, child care, or a partner’s shift patterns etc. To find out more, give watch manager Andy Horton a call on 07881 880383 or drop into the station any Tuesday evening, 6.30pm to 9pm.