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Monday 26 August 2019

Council on the hunt for new firefighters

Cathy Lee

Wexford County Council are currently looking to recruit members of the community to sign up to be part time fire fighters in fire stations in Gorey, Enniscorthy, Wexford and Bunclody.

Information nights were held across the county so that those aged between the age of 18 to 55 could find out more about what it takes to be a retained member of the fire service.

'The information nights went very well, we had about a dozen interested people in Gorey and Wexford, eight in Enniscorthy and a little bit less in Bunclody. We should get a good panel out of that,' said Ray Murphy of the fire service.

Ray explained that the team of fire fighters have been putting up posters in key areas like sports clubs, shops and local community centres to let people know.

'We'd encourage anyone who missed the information night to call into their local station from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on a Tuesday to say hello and ask any questions they may have whether they're based in Wexford, Gorey or Enniscorthy. We meet on Wednesdays at the same time in Bunclody,' he said.

Those who attended heard that the position requires a person available for calls at all times unless he or she has gotten approval not to attend from his and her station officer.

'The main requirement when recruiting fire fighters is that they live and work within a reasonable distance of the Fire Station, and to have a reasonable level of fitness. Positions are open to male and female applicants'.

'Many retained fire fighters have other full or part time jobs but when the call comes they are ready to drop whatever they are doing and become part of a team, ready to face any emergency'.

To become a retained fire fighter, one must be Garda vetted, and take part in a medical and physical test following a successful interview.

'There are certain personal attributes are required of any professional fire fighter, and these include confidence, resilience, adaptability, effective communication, integrity and a commitment to diversity'.

A fire fighter is paid an annual retainer to be available on call at all times and in an addition to this is paid an hourly rate for attendance at calls and at weekly training.

If you are interested, applications forms are available from Wexford County Council Customer Services, in Block F of the Carricklawn premises, by phone on 053 919 6000 or online at www.wexford.ie.

The closing date for application forms is 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 15.

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