Do you have what it takes? Cromer is on the hunt for new firefighters

The current Cromer Fire and Rescue team at Cromer Carnival 2017. Picture: Simon Mason.

The current Cromer Fire and Rescue team at Cromer Carnival 2017. Picture: Simon Mason. - Credit: Simon Mason

Residents are being offered a new adventure, as the Cromer Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting new firefighters to help keep the community safe.

The team is looking to recruit around six on-call firefighters, who will be trained to become fully-fledged firefighters within the next few years.

Chris Hele, Crew Manager at Cromer Fire and Rescue, said: 'I remember going into my first building fire, it was scary but exciting, it's a feeling you can't describe when your pager goes off and the adrenaline starts pumping.

'We attend a lot of road traffic accidents and it's not a situation you want to see people in sometimes. But it's so satisfying when you get someone out of a car that's trapped, or rescue them from a situation where you know you're the only ones there that can do that job.

'You only think about it afterwards that it was a bad one, or one of the worst, because at the time you just focus on the job.'

The new firefighters will undergo training which could see them entering their first building fires within six months.

As a development firefighter you will undergo gateway training for two to four years, going on to become a competent firefighter once this is complete.

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Mr Hele continued: 'There is a national problem recruiting and keeping retained on-call firefighters. 75pc of retained stations are under-manned with 65 vacancies in Norfolk.'

Mr Hele works for North Norfolk District Council, and he is allowed to leave the office whenever he is needed in a crisis.

He said: 'We're looking to recruit people that live and work in Cromer. That doesn't mean they have to be on duty 24/7 because everyone can be booked off for personal time or work, but we need people who can get here quickly when the time comes.

'We do a serious job, but we're a team and we need to recruit people that are good team players and are able to follow and carry out instructions.'

The crew are holding an open day on September 15 from 7pm-9pm to provide potential applicants with more information, otherwise to apply, visit www.norfolkfireservice.gov.uk

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