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Derbyshire Fire And Rescue Authority To Recruit Further Reserve Fire Crews

28/10/13

In July this year, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority (DFRA) recruited reserve fire crews to provide resilience emergency cover, enabling the Service to maintain an emergency response service during periods of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). DFRA is now looking to recruit further members of the public as reserve fire crew and driver/pump operators to add to its pool of available personnel.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) currently has a core of 32 reserve fire crew and driver/pump operators who have committed to making themselves available, where possible, to work alongside non FBU DFRS personnel. Recent preparations for industrial action in September and proposed action on the 19 October, 1 November and 4 November, has shown a high percentage of those reservists as being available to work when needed, however DFRS must ensure that it has plans in place to maintain emergency cover during any periods of extended industrial action. In order to ensure reservist crews and non FBU DFRS personnel working during industrial action have adequate periods of rest, DFRA is looking to recruit more members of the public to provide this resilience.

There are two roles that DFRA is recruiting too, these are:

  • Reserve Fire Crew
  • Reserve Driver/Pump Operators

Anyone interested in becoming a reservist can call our dedicated phone line on 01332 777012. Lines will be open from 0800 hours - 1700 hours on the following dates:

  • Monday 4 November
  • Tuesday 5 November
  • Wednesday 6 November

Applicants MUST be available for training and assessment days as shown on the recruitment section of our website.

Councillor Roland Hosker, Chair of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority said: 'Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority hopes a successful resolution can be achieved to this dispute without any further industrial action taking place.

'Our communities can be assured that we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure their safety.

'This second round of recruitment is purely a precautionary measure to ensure Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has sufficient resilience to comply with its statutory responsibility to provide an emergency response service during any periods of extended industrial action'.

Further information relating to the posts, recruitment, training and FAQ's is available on the Service website www.derbys-fire.gov.uk

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