Swaffham fire station manager appeals for new recruits

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The boss of Swaffham’s fire station has urged business leaders to help him maintain the town’s emergency cover.

Although the Castle Acre Road site is staffed by retained crews, who also have other jobs, service chiefs say it is a vital strategic station because of its close proximity to the A47.

But, despite an improvement over Christmas and bringing in firefighters from other areas, the station has been operating with up to a quarter of its own crews unavailable at any one time in the last three months.

And station manager Derek Sim urged town councillors to use their influence on businesses to support would-be volunteers.

He said additional cover was especially needed during daytime periods.

He added: “We need help from the town because we can’t do it without help from the town.”

There are currently 10 retained firefighters at the station and Mr Sim said they had been called out to around 200 incidents since last April.

He also insisted it was not a job only for younger people.

He said: “We’re looking for people with life experience who can deal with people who have just had a traumatic experience. As long as you’re reasonably fit, as long as you can pass the tests.

“It’s very rewarding, but demanding and it needs the whole family’s support.”

Anyone interested in finding out more should phone 0300 1231669 or go to the weekly drill sessions at the station on Monday evenings from 6.45pm.