Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue service is appealing for people to join “one of the most exciting and rewarding jobs you can do”.

These are fully trained firefighters who respond to incidents from home or work.

Able to get to their chosen fire station within four minutes of their home or workplace, they engage in their normal day-to-day activity or main job but are contacted via an alerter in the event of a 999 call.

Once alerted, on-call firefighters check in to their fire station, collect their fire kit and work alongside full-time firefighters at the same incidents.

Fire stations currently requiring more cover include: Tring, Markyate, Redbourn, Wheathampstead, Kings Langley, Harpenden, Cheshunt, Hoddesdon, Welwyn, Hertford, Ware, Buntingford, Much Hadham, Sawbridgeworth, Bishops Stortford, Hitchin, Baldock.

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Hertfordshire County Council’s Director of Community Protection and Chief Fire Officer, Darryl Keen said: “Being an on-call firefighter is one of the most exciting and rewarding jobs you can do and provides a valuable service to the community.

Eligible applicants must be over 18 when the recruit course is due to start. There is no upper age limit, live or work within 4 minutes from their chosen fire station, have the right to work in the UK and not have any unspent criminal convictions – a criminal record must be declared on application.

There are no height requirements but firefighters need to maintain a level of fitness and this will be tested during the selection process.

To find out more about the role and fitness levels, complete the On-call Firefighter – Engagement Session expression of interest form.

There will be an engagement session on May 16.

To find more about being an on-call firefighter and express an interest in the role, please visit the On-call Firefighter Recruitment page.

Those who are successfully shortlisted will be required to attend a selection day on May 23 or June 12 at JESA Training Centre, Stevenage.

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