A RECRUITMENT campaign is under way to encourage more people to become on-call firefighters.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is working with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) as part of the national campaign.

The ‘Need More’ awareness week runs from today and will highlight opportunities available in the fire service and dispel myths about what it takes to be a firefighter. The campaign is supported by a national website – oncallfire.uk – which encourages people to get in touch with their local fire service at any time of the year.

An on-call firefighter is someone who responds to a range of fire and rescue service jobs ranging from emergency calls, working at open days, carrying out work with their local communities and acting as an ambassador for the fire service.

Full training is provided on an ongoing basis, therefore previous experience is not needed. An on-call firefighter could be called out two or three times a week, for a few hours at a time.