Wessex FM Reports - Behind The Scenes With Dorset Fire And Rescue
9:40am 17th December 2012
(Updated 11:08am 17th December 2012)
Stats seen by Wessex FM reveal Weymouth Fire-fighters have been called out to nearly 250 blazes and car accidents combined so far this year (Jan-Nov 2012).
Both Whole-time and Retained crews attended emergencies that happened on the Weymouth and Portland station grounds.
Weymouth's Community Fire Station - on Radipole Lane - is crewed 24 hours a day 7 days a week by full time and part time members.
Retained Fire-fighters (RDS), who work on a part time basis, make up for 56% of Dorset's manpower.
The RDS attend the Weymouth station on a weekly basis for training and exercise.
Vikki Thomas is Employees Resourcing Co-coordinator, she says it's vital they keep recruiting new people and getting new people on board;
"Everyone is welcome, no matter your background or age nor does ir matter if you're male or female. The retained service must live or work within 4 minutes of the local fire station. Everyone has an alerter - pager - and it's essential they respond immediately because we have to get the pumps out in 5 minutes. You have 4 minutes to get in, drop your gear and get going".
Vikki says retained crews are just as important as full time fire-fighter - click the player below to hear more.
A number of Dorset Fire Stations are now recruiting retained firefighters, including Bere Regis, Bridport, Dorchester and Portland. Click here to find out more.
Wessex FM's Luke de Costa met Weymouth's retained fire crews and watched them training at their HQ one cold December night.