Join the Cromer fire crew

Just Regional
Aug 23, 2017 2 mins read

Story by Innes Enslin

Ever fancied helping your community and fighting fire? Cromer Fire Station has the open day for you.

The event, being run by Chris Hele, a crew manager at Cromer Fire Station and his colleagues, will showcase the skills a retained firefighter needs. Drills and information about the crew will be demonstrated and explained by the team at the open day on Canada Road, Cromer on September 15, 7-9pm.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has 42 stations, 39 of which have a retained commitment. The crew at Cromer insists this will be the first of many open days. Chris said: “We are looking to do another open day next year for people to look at our equipment, do some drills and fire safety.”

A firefighter on the Retained Duty System (RDS) provides an on-call, part-time service, responding to fire and emergency calls using the same appliances and equipment as full-time firefighters.  The difference is that retained firefighters are on call in their homes or workplaces rather than at a fire station.

To become a retained firefighter you have to live or work within five minutes’ travelling distance of the fire station during hours of declared availability. The role offers flexible working hours and could suit people with childcare responsibilities.

Chris said: “We are hoping to get a selection of people who will go on to apply, pass the recruitment exams and go on to be firefighters at Cromer.” Applications are welcome from both sexes, though appliants must be at least 18 years old.

Some of the big benefits of joining the fire service as a retained firefighter include the chance to be part of a highly-respected team, get free training, uniform and equipment. As well that, they earn an additional wage and can join the pension scheme.

If you interested to apply to become a retained firefighter get in touch with the crew via email at


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