Our firefighters have one of the most respected jobs within the community: responding to incidents, preventing them from happening and protecting the people and property within the Humberside area. They work alongside other services, whether they are part of local government provision – such as Social Services – or one of our blue light partners, the Police or Ambulance Service.
Firefighters are either wholetime or retained. Wholetime firefighters are permanently based at and mobilised from a fire station. In Humberside Fire and Rescue Service we have 12 wholetime stations. Retained firefighters work on an on-call basis, often employed in other occupations, and respond to calls from their home or place of work. In Humberside Fire and Rescue Service we have 19 retained duty system stations.
Firefighters respond to incidents ranging from house, commercial/industrial and rubbish fires, rescuing people or animals, road traffic accidents, dealing with hazardous materials and floods, to salvage operations. They also have an important role to play in delivering the organisations’ fire prevention and protection programmes.
Our firefighters also work closely with members of the community to prevent fires and accidents from happening. This includes carrying out safety visits and inspections, visiting homes, schools, community groups, voluntary organisations and businesses throughout the Humberside area.
They are responsible for taking part in drill training and scenarios, and attending development sessions to make sure they maintain their competence levels; maintaining, cleaning and testing fire service equipment and performing general station routines.