Firefighters are giving people the chance to ‘have a go’ at becoming an on-call firefighter at an event taking place next weekend.

Fire crews will be at Blandford Fire Station from 7-9pm on Thursday, July 18 to encourage local people to become on-call firefighters.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service needs new on-call recruits to provide fire cover at locations across Dorset and Wiltshire, but particularly in Blandford. Contracted hours can vary, but on-call personnel usually make themselves available for between 48 and 120 hours per week. Between them, each fire station team will provide cover for weekdays, evenings, nights and weekends.

On-Call Support Officer Martin Hoole, who is organising the event, said: “The easiest way to see if being a firefighter is for you is to come along, have a chat with the crew and try your hand at different things. There will be opportunity to cut up a car, try on breathing apparatus, climb a ladder and do the national firefighter selection test for carrying equipment.”

In order to be on-call, you will need to be able to respond to your local fire station in around five minutes once your pager goes off. This can be from home or work, and employers can benefit from a firefighter’s training – such as first aid, manual handling, a greater understanding of health & safety in the workplace, and enhanced team spirit.

If you are interested in being an on-call firefighter but can’t attend this event, visit www.dwfire.org.uk