Have a go day success at Didcot Fire Station

Crews from Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service hosted a ‘Have a go day’ at Didcot Fire Station on 1 September to allow people to try out some of the tests fire-fighters go through.

The day was aimed at women and people from diverse ethnic groups and attracted around 20 participants. They tried out challenging physical tests including running out equipment, dragging casualties to safety, lifting ladders, crawling through confined spaces and climbing ladders.

Didcot Station Manager Simon Belcher said: “It’s great that we increased awareness of this rewarding career to so many people and made many of them think about becoming a fire-fighter.

“I’d really encourage people to look at the Oxfordshire County Council website to find out more and see if there’s a station in your area that is looking for fire-fighters.”

County Councillor Judith Heathcoat, Cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: “Have a go days are a good way to find out more about the job as they allow you to get really hands-on.

“Some of those who attended could have been taking the first steps towards a new career, while others will certainly have left with a new appreciation for the hard work the fire service staff carry out.”

To find out more information log on to -  www.oxfordshire.gov.uk and search for ‘Fire Service Recruitment’.