On-call firefighters across Lincolnshire are at the heart of their communities. Could you be one of them?
Lincolnshire County Council is recruiting for more in the Stamford and Bourne areas to ensure there are enough to meet demand.
Proving that on-call firefighters can come from all walks of life is hairdresser Melissa Brooks.
The versatile mother-of-two has taken multi-tasking to a new level – managing a hair and beauty salon in Empingham one minute to saving lives as an on-call firefighter the next.
She’s been attending life threatening emergencies in the Stamford area for the past nine years.
From rescuing animals from roofs and administering life-saving care to cutting children out of upside down cars and rescuing elderly people from burning buildings – she’s seen it all.
“I love the variety the job brings,” explains Melissa. “I’ve been a hairdresser since I was 14 and one day I thought I need something different.
“Becoming an on-call firefighter was a great option – I could fit it around my family and work life.
“Usually, I work four days a week at the salon doing hair and beauty treatments, and then on the other days and in the evenings and weekends, I am on-call for the fire service.
“Pulling on the uniform and getting in the fire engine or the fire ambulance is a huge adrenaline rush- you know you are going to help someone in need, but you don’t know the circumstances surrounding the call.
“I love doing the job. I know that my children and my friends are so supportive of me. I know that I can really make a difference in the community and actually save people’s lives.
“The job requires commitment, self-motivation and a desire to protect and help the local community, so if that sounds like you, I would say do it – take a chance and go for it. It is the most amazing and rewarding job ever.
“I’ve learnt so many transferable skills, learnt so much about myself and made lots of new friends, all whilst earning a second income.
“My advice is to pick up the phone and get in touch!”
To find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter in Stamford or Bourne visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/oncallfirefighters or call 0800 358 0204. You can also pop into the Stamford station in Radcliffe Road on Mondays from 6.45pm or Bourne station in South Street on Thursdays between 7pm and 9.30pm for a chat. Applicants will need to apply online and undergo tests, a medical assessment, and an interview.