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U.K. Fire to Offer ‘Work From Home’ Space to Get Volunteers on Station

Initial phase would be to put government office workers in fire stations to be on-call if needed

By Deborah Price, Waterford Observer

Fire chiefs in Hertfordshire are drawing up plans to encourage county council staff to become ‘on-call’ firefighters – by offering them a desk in a fire station.

‘On-call’ firefighters – who balance firefighting with their regular job or other commitments – have to be able to respond quickly when paged for an emergency call.

And only those who live or work within four minutes of their station have been able to apply.

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But now fire chiefs are looking at whether ‘on-call’ recruits could do their usual day jobs from fire stations, as part of a drive to boost recruitment.

And they are initially looking at plans to recruit from those county council employees who could work remotely.

As part of the plan, staff would be able to work from desks at on-call stations. And while getting on with their day job they’d still be immediately available if required by the fire service.

The ongoing work to develop the ’employer supported firefighter’ project was reported to a meeting of the county council’s community safety and waste management cabinet panel on Wednesday (November 18).

Read the full story here.

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