Friday, 15 December 2017

Video: Would-be firefighters put through paces

ASPIRING firefighters took part in a taster day at Goring station on Saturday.

ASPIRING firefighters took part in a taster day at Goring station on Saturday.

About 15 people took on challenges including a ladder climb and hose run to see if they would pass the tests needed to become a firefighter.

Click here to watch our video of the event.

The event at the station in Icknield Road was organised by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and took in hopefuls from as far as Didcot.

The volunteers began by climbing a 13.5m ladder on the drill tower before doing a ?leg lock?, which involves wrapping a foot around a rung and leaning backwards. The second challenge was to pull a 90kg dummy around a course and carry heavy items from one side of the yard to the other.

Finally, they were asked to throw out a length of hose before rolling it back up as fast as they could.

Marcus Reay, station manager for Goring, Wallingford, Watlington and Henley, said: ?We asked members of the public to come down and have a go at the tests they will be doing at selection. It?s making sure they are not frightened of heights and testing their strength and cardio. The real tests will be a little harder but we wanted to give them a bit of encouragement. We are pleased with the candidates who were all very enthusiastic and willing to learn.?

Ryan Bonner, 22, of Wallingford Road, Goring, is an on-call firefighter at the station and a home and community safety advisor for the service.

He said: ?I?ve been a firefighter for two years and love the variety as well as the practical and team aspects. I found out about it by going down to my local station. I?m able to do my day job and do firefighting in my spare time.?

On-call firefighters must live or work within five minutes of their local station. They are paid for their time on both incidents and training.

For more information, visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/fire-and-rescue-service

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