Watlington fire station

Watlington fire station

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Area South Vale
On Call Part time
Drill night Wednesday
Station Manager Marcus Reay
On Call officer in charge Sean Absolom
Retained station support officer Andy Ford
Appliance One rescue engine

Watlington fire station fire fighter recruitment campaign

Watlington fire station are continuing with their campaigning to recruit more On Call Retained fire fighters.

Five fire fghters infornt of an appliance at Watlington fire station

Over the past six  months each home in Watlington has been visited and the businesses in the local area asked to see if a local residents or workers are interested in becoming a firefighter.

Some Watlington residents might already have seen the fire crews out in the town centre or knocking on doors to raise awareness that more firefighters are needed.

The station in Gorwell, is staffed entirely by On Call Retained fire fighters who have main jobs during the day but are on call and can be summoned to attend emergencies both during the day – if they work in the local area or night-time if they live nearby.

Watlington fire station is currently crewed by only nine firefighters but needs about 17 to function at its best. The shortage means staff have had to work extra shifts and be on call more to fill gaps in the service.

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service Station manager Marcus Reay said: “Fire crews take a lot of pride in their stations availability, and the Watlington crew do everything they can to maintain crewing, however sickness or leave means that sometimes there are not enough crew members available."

This recruitment campaign is about ensuring that everyone in the village is aware of the need for more firefighters and to ensure each household is visited to see if they can help or they know someone who can.

Candidates need to be over 17 years and 10 months and have a reasonable level of fitness. They must pass a series of mental and physical exams. These will test their basic numeracy, problem-solving skills, strength, fitness and ability to work in the dark, at heights and in confined spaces.

Those who make the grade must be available at least once a week for drills at Watlington fire station.

Although cover is mostly needed at Watlington during the day, candidates may also be asked to work evenings and weekends if they live in the village.

Mr Reay said employers were not inconvenienced by letting their workers join as most incidents happen in the evenings. Employers get some great benefits as firefighters remain calm under pressure and are trained in first aid and health and safety to a much higher standard than usual. Firefighters are also excellent team players and that quality will benefit anyone who is willing to free them up.

To find out more about becoming a retained fire fighter call 0800 587 0870.


John O'Groats to Land's End Cycle Ride

A group of cyclists infron of a fire appliance

On 13 May 2016 a team of 18 cyclists from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, along with a support team of 4, set off on their attempt to cycle 1,006 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End.

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A firefighter

Would you like to join the team?

You could receive over £7000 worth of free training that will prepare you to protect and save lives in your community. 

If you are interested please look at the recruitment website www.oncallfirefighter.co.uk or call into your local station on drill night.

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Thank you for your support

Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated waste clothes and textiles via the collection banks at our stations.

Fire fighters charity clothing bank

The Fire Fighters Charity runs a successful recycling scheme which provides a valuable source of revenue.

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Watlington fire station
1 Gorwell
OX49 5QB Watlington

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Our 365alive website is full of great advice and safety tips.

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Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging residents to make sure they are fully aware of the fire hazards which commonly exist throughout the home, how to identify them and what to do should a fire occur, by completing a quick online home fire risk check.







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