Rye Community Fire Station needs you!

Rye Community Fire Station needs you!

Rye Community Fire Station is looking for new on call retained firefighters and is opening it’s doors to anyone interested in becoming part of the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service team.

Live or work in Rye?

The station is recruiting on call retained firefighters.  You will need to live or work within five minutes of the station so you can respond to an alert in a timely manner.

An open evening is being held between 6.00pm until 8.30pm on the 18 April 2018 at the station on Ferry Road, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7DJ.There will be a chance to find out if you have what it takes to be an on-call firefighter and visitors will be able to try out some of the duties and tasks which firefighters regularly undertake including dummy drag, ladder climbing and other physical tasks.

Serving and protecting the community

Watch Manager of Rye Community Fire Station Gary Bourne, said: “We are looking for those who can provide a commitment as a firefighter. We rely on local people who either live or work in the local area.  The role would initially involve attending a number of training events and regularly attending drill nights which are on a Tuesday evening. The role comes with a level of responsibility and commitment, but it also comes with benefits.  Firstly, it provides skills and knowledge in Health and Safety, Fire prevention, First Aid skills and qualifications and a number of other physical practical skills, such as working at height, operating tools. The team aspect is also of good importance and getting know new people.

Pictures from the Rye’s Own Archive of Rye Firefighters from the past

Being a Firefighter within the community also gives an opportunity to serve and protect members of the community which is a rewarding prospect. Our crews get involved with the community, actively delivering fire safety advice in a number of different ways such as visiting people in their homes, attending local fetes and events, as well as working with other groups.”

About on call firefighters

Retained Duty System (RDS) firefighters are an integral part of the county’s fire cover and enable us to crew more fire engines in some of the more rural and remote areas. Applicants have to work or live five minutes from one of our retained stations so they can respond quickly if there is an emergency. They do this alongside their day jobs or raising a family.For further information, you can also email [email protected] or go on our website at www.esfrs.org/RDS

A Rye’s Own Bulletin Monday 26 March 2018