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Friday 31 October 2014

Search is on for new firefighters

Niamh Keegan

Published 13/05/2014 | 05:38

Wexford County Council has launched a recruitment drive for firefighters.

Stations in Wexford, Gorey, Enniscorthy, New Ross and Bunclody want to boost numbers of part time employees as some of the exisiting firefighters retire.

Ray Murphy, the Council's Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said that strong, competent men or women are required for the community service but applicants must be aged between 18 and 55 years and live within 8 minutes of one of the fire stations.

'Working as part of the fire service isn't suitable for everyone, but it is an excellent way of learning new skills that would enable new recruits to save a life or a livelihood in their community,' Murphy said.

Asides from fire safety and first aid and technical training, new recruits will be sent for their advanced truck driver training.

'Competencies are built. Its the same as any apprenticeship, you learn on the ground, in the workshop,' he added.

There are some 65 fire fighters in service across the county, with just one full time Station Officer who is based in Wexford. Firemen and women are paid a retainer salary in return for which they are always on call, and they also receive an hourly rate for emergency call outs and weekly training.

Murphy said that during the boom it was difficult to find people interested in doing the job but that during the recession people have shown more interest in serving their communities.

'The retainer salary can help to supplement an income even if you already have a full time job,' he said.

The deadline for application forms is Thursday May 15. For further information and application forms contact Wexford County Council on 053 919 6273 or at www.wexfordcoco.ie

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