BURLEY Fire Station is looking for new recruits to join the team and serve their community.

The fire station is one of 11 fire stations within the New Forest and is the only one in country to have its own cattle grid.

All of the 11 New Forest stations are crewed by on-call (part time) firefighters who respond to an emergency pager from their home or place of work.

Watch manager Tim Gray said: “It is about doing something for the community and helping the community. We are there 24/7 in the background looking after people.”

Tim says as well as getting “good quality” training there are also opportunities to get national qualifications.

“We are looking for as many people as possible,” said Tim. 

The station responds to between 100 and 120 calls a year ranging from heath and property fires to animal rescues and road traffic collision as well as working with other agencies including the ambulance service.

To be an on-call firefighter candidates must live within five minutes of the fire station, be aged 18 years or above and be able to drop everything and go when an emergency call is received.

On-call Firefighters receive an annual retaining fee and get paid for any call outs and a weekly training session.

Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming an on-call firefighter pop along to Burley Fire Station on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to speak with Tim and the team.

Alternatively, visit hantsfire.gov.uk or www.NewJob.org.uk or call RDS support manager Pete White on 07584 704500 for an informal chat.