Drive to double number of firefighters

Dorset Echo: Drive to double number of firefighters Drive to double number of firefighters

DEPUTY county fire chief Craig Baker wants to double the number of retained firefighters in Wareham to ease the pressure on the town’s fire station.

The deputy commander says the 10 retained staff at the Worgret Road station are “under pressure” because of the current shortage of part-time crew.

“It’s not a stretch for Dorset Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) but on those individuals who are providing the cover at Wareham now,” said Mr Baker.

“They are being asked to do more and more, and we have to remember this is a part-time job.”

Mr Baker, who insists emergency responses are not being affected by the current shortfall, wants to increase the numbers of retained crew at Wareham to 20.

Being an on-call firefighter means living or working within four minutes of the fire station and being able to respond to an emergency when you are needed.

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