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Bakewell employer recognised for supporting on-call firefighters

(L-R) On-call firefighter Simon Hardy, Watch Manager Sean Jones, TC Harrison Group Chair Jim Harrison, and on-call firefighter Ryan Hulme

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has celebrated a Bakewell-based employer which supports its local community by allowing two employees to respond to emergency incidents as on-call firefighters during their working day.  

The Service presented an employee support recognition award to T.C. Harrison Group at their head office in Bakewell to recognise their contribution in supporting our vision of Making Derbyshire Safer Together.  

T.C. Harrison Group received the award for allowing both Firefighter Simon Hardy and Firefighter Ryan Hulme to respond to incidents as part of the on-call crew at Bakewell Fire Station.  

In recognising the importance of supporting on-call firefighters as an employer, Jim Harrison, Chair of TCH Group, said: “As far as I’m concerned, on-call firefighters are genuine and honest people.  

“They’ve been vetted by the authorities; they care about the community and want to look after people. That’s what we want, those type of people to work for us.” 

On-call firefighters are members of the community who are paid to respond to emergencies. They do not staff the fire station 24 hours a day like full-time firefighters but respond to emergencies when alerted by a pager.  

They can respond from a place of work or from home and must be able to reach the fire station within the allocated time, usually within five minutes of receiving the pager message. 

To read more about the role of an on-call firefighter and apply, visit