Thanks for help with re­cruit­ment

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

Over the last three decades, fire ser­vices upand­down­theUK have ex­pe­ri­enced a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in the num­ber of on­call fire­fight­ers. This is­sue was be­gin­ning to cause us sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems in how we re­sponded to emer­gency 999 calls. To ad­dress this is­sue, the ser­vice, sup­ported by the Fire Author­ity launched a se­ries of re­cruit­ment cam­paigns across Cam­bridgeshire. The first of the­cam­paign­swaslaunched in early 2012. I would like to take the op­por­tu­nity, on be­half of all of Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Fire Author­ity to thank the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph and lo­cal on- call fire­fight­ers for their as­sis­tance in help­ing our re­cruit­ment team to pub­li­cise th­ese cam­paigns. In 2011, the­fire­ser­vicere­ceived only 104 en­quiries from peo­ple want­ing to be­come an on- call fire­fighter. In 2012, this num­ber rose to 758 due to pub­lic­ity given by the lo­cal me­dia. Thishas­meant­thatthenum­ber of new on- call fire­fight­ers has risen over 400 per cent from 10 in 2011, to 41 in 2012 and for the first time in many years we are now re­cruit­ing more on- call fire­fight­ers than we are los­ing due to re­tire­ment, ill health or changes in cir­cum­stance. In Cam­bridgeshire they make up 56 per cent of the work­force an­dare gen­er­ally lo­cated in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, small towns and vil­lages. Your ef­forts in sup­port­ing our cam­paign have greatly helped us to ad­dress what was be­com­ing a real con­cern for the Ser­vice. This is cer­tainly an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of lo­cal me­dia pro­vid­ing real aid and as­sis­tance to both the fire ser­vice and the com­mu­ni­ties.

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