Eleven Cambridgeshire residents are now ready to save lives in their communities after passing out as on-call firefighters.
Nine new recruits completed their training course this month and are now delivering Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s life-saving work as part of on-call crews in their villages and communities.
Full time chef Daniel Barsby, 20, is now an on-call firefighter at Whittlesey and in his spare time enjoys fly-fishing.
Sawtry’s on-call crew gets a boost after being joined by 35-year-old Guy Jarman, who is also a full time driver for Huntingdonshire District Council.
Retired gas emergency engineer Clive Proctor, 48, is based at Manea Fire Station. He enjoys DIY and building, shooting and spending time with his young daughter.
By joining the on-call crew at Linton, lift engineer John Reynolds, 35, has added firefighting to the list of things he does in his spare time, along with music, art and spending time with his family.
Huntingdon resident Lee Simpson is a full time internal account manager and joins the town’s on-call crew. The 29-year-old enjoys spending time with his family and also manages to squeeze boxing into his spare time along with running and watching football.
Cottenham on-call crew has boosted its numbers with electrician Roger Pake joining the station. The 41 year old is a keen runner in his spare time.
Dad-of-two Matthew Webster, 29, joins the ranks at Papworth. He works full time in the pharmacy department at Papworth Hospital and enjoys motorcycling and spending time with his children.
Vehicle damage assessor Martin Barnes, 30, jumps on board the crew at St Ives. He will be fitting firefighting in around his DIY, football and other sports.
Chimney sweep Ryan Young, 29, is adding firefighting to his eclectic skill set, which also includes gigging in a live band and building traction engines. He joins the crew at St Neots.
Two other new recruits also recently passed out on a separate course. Dan Ford, 35, joined the crew at Sawston. The healthcare assistant will be fitting firefighting around his hobbies, which include playing guitar, snooker, football, cooking and listening to music.
Ely resident Phillip Benton, 29, will be responding to shouts as part of the crew at Ely on-call fire station. The full time refrigeration engineer is also a keen guitarist and enjoys mountain biking, football and going to the gym.
The on-call firefighters are trained professionals who respond to emergencies in their communities alongside their day-to-day lives. They may be at home, work or out and about when they receive a pager alert and straight away they must jump into action and get ready to deal with any incident.
The new recruits are now on-call after completing three months of training at the Service’s training centre in Huntingdon.
Some new recruits have other jobs and respond to 999 emergencies while they are at work thanks to the support of local employers, who recognise the importance of allowing their staff to respond to incidents. There are also benefits to the employer and employee as on-call firefighters receive new skills and training which they may be able to use in their full time jobs as well.
On-call firefighters have to be aged 18 and over, have a good level of all-round fitness and live or work within five minutes travelling time of an on-call fire station.
CFRS is recruiting on-call firefighters and to find out more call 01480 444500 or log on to www.cambsfire.gov.uk.