Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service recognises on-call employers

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has been recognising the great support of businesses across the county, by presenting employers of on-call firefighters with special commemorative plaques.

Companies that have agreed to release their staff to serve as firefighters at on-call stations for five years or more, were presented with a plaque to mark their contribution, which they can proudly display on their premises.

Area Commander Simon Newton, who presented some of the plaques, said:

“We really appreciate the commitment of the local companies who employ our on-call firefighters and we are delighted to have the opportunity to recognise this by awarding them with bespoke plaques.

“On-call firefighters are a vital part of our service, with many of our fire stations being in rural parts of the county. As on-call firefighters must live or work within five minutes of any of on-call fire stations, the Service relies on businesses to release their employees to respond to 999 calls in their communities and help keep residents safe.

“The employers we met ranged from farmers, engineering and financial investment companies and reflected the diverse range of skills the on-call bring to our service. Some of these local businesses have been releasing their on-call firefighter staff members for many, many years. It was fascinating to meet the employers and hear about how they make it work in their business despite some of the natural challenges it brings.

“The role of an on-call firefighter is hugely rewarding, and we hope to encourage members of the community from all backgrounds to get in touch and find out more about joining a station near them.”

The companies who were presented with plaques were:

  • R & J Constable, Littleport
  • Littleport Leisure, Littleport
  • Maximum Precision, Ely
  • Forester Life Ltd, Burwell
  • A. Butler & Son, Burwell
  • Rebmarc Ltd, Burwell
  • Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Trust, Papworth
  • Boswell & Son Ltd, Sawston
  • Pinewood Structures Ltd, Gamlingay
  • J & P Plant Ltd, Gamlingay
  • John Newman Bodyworks, Gamlingay
  • Halls Distribution Ltd, Gamlingay
  • G’s Fresh Beetroot Ltd, March
  • J Sainsbury Plc, March
  • Nightlayer Leek Co Ltd, March
  • Fensport Performance, Chatteris
  • Stainless Metalcraft (Chatteris) Ltd, Chatteris
  • Kimbolton School, Kimbolton

On-call firefighters respond to a wide range of incidents, from fighting fires, attending road traffic collisions, animal rescues to supporting other emergency services. In addition to responding to emergency incidents, our on-call firefighters support their communities by providing information and advice on a range of community safety topics.

To find out more about becoming a firefighter and to get in touch with your local fire and rescue service visit www.oncallfire.uk. The website also gives advice to employers and how having on-call firefighters within their business can bring advantages. These include health and safety and medical response training, as well as developing situational awareness, leadership skills and the ability to work under pressure.