PRINCETOWN Fire Station is appealing for people interested in becoming retained fightfighters.

It is hosting an open day for prospective on-call firefighters on Saturday, August 10 between 10am and 1pm.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is looking for people in the Princetown community to be on-call or 'retained' firefighters. 

No previous experience of fire fighting is necessary for this role — although they say the ideal prospective firefighter starts with 'a commitment to the community, a positive attitude and a good level of fitness'.

Paul Slaven from the fire service said: 'This is an opportunity for men and women who live and/or work within five minutes' response time to the fire station to potentially save lives in fire, flood and road traffic emergencies. 

'Being on-call means that you provide a level of cover while at work or at home and when you are needed your pager will alert you to attend the station. 

'People who can give cover during the day are particularly needed. Many people have primary occupations while on-call — either employed or self-employed. The service has examples of employees in factories, shops, takeaways and restaurants who are on-call firefighters.'

You need to be over 18 and have a good level of fitness and strength. Advice and help in preparing for both the written and practical assessments will be given.

Living with a disability is not automatically a barrier to operational fire fighting; it depends on the nature of the disability. 

Once recruited full training is provided by the fire service.

If anyone is interested go along  to Princetown Fire Station, Station Road, between 10am and 1pm.