Retained firefighters needed for Chorley’s new fire station

Steve Snape, station commander at Chorley fire station
Steve Snape, station commander at Chorley fire station
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New recruits are needed to join Chorley’s part-time fire crew as they prepare to move to the town’s new fire station.

Retained firefighters are still based on Weldbank Lane, Chorley, and will move to the new station on Westway, Euxton, on October 1, where the full-time crews are already based.

They must live close enough to the station to be able to get there in five minutes in case they are called out to an emergency.

But that means some of the current 16 retained firefighters could be made redundant if they live more than five minutes away from the new fire station.

Lancashire Fire And Rescue Service is now looking for people interested in becoming a retained firefighter to join the crew.

They especially want to hear from people living in Euxton, Astley Village and Buckshaw Village.

Steve Snape, station commander, said: “The closer they live, the sooner the fire engine gets out of the door and the better it is for an emergency.”

Retained firefighters often have another job and provide on-call cover.

They can be sent to any incident - just like full-time firefighters - such as fires, floods and car crashes.

The fire service is looking for people aged 18 and over who are fit and healthy.

Retained firefighters have to pass entry tests, which include a fitness test, and undergo training.

They must be able to commit to two hours of training each week and be on-call for at least 60 hours a week.

Open evenings are held at 7pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the station in Euxton, with the next one scheduled on Wednesday, April 1.

People can go along to watch a drill session, ask questions and find out more.

Alternatively, call the station on 01257 262919 or go to www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk/retained-firefighters.