Wholetime / On-Call
Wholetime Stations are staffed by wholetime personnel using a shift system of 4 watches (blue, green, red and white) operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This comprises of a 4 on 4 off work pattern of 2 day shifts (8am to 7pm) and 2 night shifts (7pm to 8am), followed by 4 days off.
On-Call Stations are staffed by Firefighters who are members of the community and are paid to respond to emergencies. They do not staff the fire station 24 hours a day like full-time firefighters on the wholetime duty system. They are notified of an emergency call via a personal pager, which they carry with them when they are on duty. On-Call Firefighters will book themselves available for fire calls and, if a call comes in during the hours they have agreed to be on call, they must reach the fire station within the allocated time usually within 5 minutes of receiving the pager message.
Most of our On-Call Firefighters are in full-time employment, with an agreement from their employers to leave to attend an emergency call and nearly all carry out their community engagement, prevention and protection duties.
Wholetime Training : Daily - Usually in the morning
On Call Training : Weekly - Tuesday 18:30 hours
Station Key Personnel
The Watch Manager is identified from the role markings shown & wears a navy blue shirt. Their primary duty, is the running of the station and the management of the staff attached to that location. They are the officer in-charge of the fire appliance & take charge of incidents that they attend.
The Crew Manager is identified by the role markings shown & wears a navy blue shirt. This person assists the Watch Manager in the delivery of their duties, which includes standing in for them in their absence.This person rides on the fire appliance as a crew member but also has the qualifications to be in charge of an incident when required.
Firefighters wear a navy blue shirt but do not have any role markings. Their primary role is to undertake the general duties required for the daily running of the fire station and forms the remainder of the crew that staff the appliance attached to that particular location.
Water Ladder Pump
Able to attend all fire service incidents. Crewed by 3-6 staff.
- 1800 Ltr water tank
- Godiva 2010 world series multi pressure pump or Prima multi pressure pump
- Carries a 13.5m or 10.5m ladder , a short extension ladder, a 9m ladder and a roof ladder
- Newer appliances carry 100 litres of foam.
As its name suggests a Water Carrier is used for transporting water from a source to an incident where there is no, or a limited supply of water for firefighting operations. This is most likely to be rural locations or at large fires where the mains supply is poor or does not exist. This ‘special’ carries limited firefighting equipment but is used to supplement fire appliances on scene by providing a rapid connection to the fire appliance pump to maintain effective working firefighting jets. Once it has delivered its water it can then be refilled from a hydrant or open water source thus ensuring a constant supply to the fire scene.
- Water capacity - 9,000 litres
- Weight of vehicle - 18 tonnes
Prime Mover with High Volume Pump
The HVP is a large appliance supplied originally by the government to UK fire services as part of the ‘New Dimensions’ programme to equip them to respond to large scale disasters and terrorist attacks. Whilst this remains a national asset the equipment is still supplied and maintained by NRAT although the vehicle is owned by us.
It carries a submersible pump that can supply water to the fireground and a generator to pump the water through the hose pod containing 1km of hose. There is also an additional pod that carries a further 2km of hose allowing water to be pumped 3km in total.
Weight of vehicle - 26 tonnes
Incidents Attended in Station Admin Area (Any Appliance)
Other building fire
Road traffic collision
False alarms attended
Other non-fire incident