Praise for Masham’s firefighters

Ripon and Skipton MP Julian Smith visited Masham's retained firefighers (S)
Ripon and Skipton MP Julian Smith visited Masham's retained firefighers (S)

Masham’s firefighters have won praise for their hard work and commitment to protecting the community.

Ripon and Skipton MP Julian Smith has visited the retained firefighters at Masham fire station and joined one of their regular training exercises.

He said: “The majority of the fire stations in my constituency are staffed by retained firefighters who are on-call throughout day and night and give a huge commitment of hours to protecting their community.

“The men and women in these roles have to be trained as thoroughly as full-time crews but most have other full-time jobs as well.

Mr Smith wanted to highlight the commitment the crew give and encourage others to consider signing up.

“The fire service in North Yorkshire would always like more people for these roles and I promised to do all I could to help spread the message and, in particular, encourage employers to be supportive of those interesting in signing up,” he added.

Currently the fire service are looking for men or women around Masham and Summerbridge to become on-call retained firefighters, particularly those who can provide cover during the day and at weekends.

Mal Austwick, from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in Harrogate and Craven, said:

“Our on-call firefighters are an essential part of providing an emergency service to the community. They provide amazing commitment on top of their full-time employment to support the operational side of the Brigade.

“Those who join the fire service can have a fulfilling and rewarding career in providing emergency fire and rescue cover to their local communities and beyond. We have some on-call firefighters who have worked for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for over 30 years which is a fantastic achievement.”

The force also has on-call retained fire stations at Grassington, Skipton and Ripon and a volunteer fire station at Lofthouse. If people from the local area around these stations are interested in joining they should contact North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Information and an application pack on becoming an on-call firefighter can be found on the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website www.northyorksfire.gov.uk.