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Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Howdens Joinery feature in a national video

12 June 2019

A video, commissioned by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), documents the partnership between Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and Howdens Joinery in supplying On-Call Firefighters.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Howdens Joinery feature in a national video

A video, commissioned by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), documents the partnership between Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and Howdens Joinery in supplying On-Call Firefighters.

The local employer welcomed the video to help champion its joint working with HFRS and actively promote the role of an On-Call Firefighter to employees and other employers.

The partnership between HFRS and Howdens Joinery began nine years ago. They now employ 12 On-Call Firefighters who provide availability to the On-Call fire engine and the emergency medical response car, which is in support of Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Phil Shillito, Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Executive Director of Service Delivery said: “We’ve seen a lot of diversity from the recruitment campaign with Howdens, and a lot of it has been sourced internally, so we’ve provided our HR support to assist them in recruiting.”

Julian Lee, Head of Supply Chain Operations for Howdens Joinery said: “Howdens really prides itself on giving something back to the community. We attended over 300 fire calls over the last year working with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.”

The video will be used as part of a wider On-Call recruitment campaign to encourage further applications from On-Call Firefighters and an understanding from employers as to the benefits of providing them from within their workforce.

Chief Fire Officer Terry McDermott, NFCC lead for on-call workstream said: “It is great to see the positive relationship between Howdens and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. This is a perfect example of how a local employer can make a real difference in the community.”

HFRS are currently actively recruiting for more On-Call Firefighters. On-Call Firefighters are trained to the same standard as a Full-Time Firefighter, and must live or work five minutes away from their nearest station. For more information or to express an interest, visit oncallfire.uk.

Click here to watch the video, listed under 'employer advice'.