Honiton firefighter flies flag for ‘fantastic’ on-call career as he raises awareness of the role

An on-call firefighter from Honiton, ‘honoured’ to help the people of the town, has been raising awareness of the role.

To mark On-call Firefighter Awareness Week Craig Sluman, who 11 years ago followed in his uncle’s footsteps to join the fire service, has spoken out about the ‘fantastic’ career.

Craig hopes that by speaking out, he will inspire others across East Devon to sign-up to become on-call firefighters.

He listed the ‘adrenalin rush’ of the pager sounding, and helping in the town where he grew up and lives, as some of the ‘best parts’ of the job.

Craig said: “It’s an honour to respond and help the people in the town that I have grown up and live in.

“Every incident we attend is potentially the worst day of someone’s life or the most traumatic thing they have encountered, so knowing that we have done everything we can to help them and resolve the situation they find themselves in is incredibly rewarding.”

Craig’s interest in the on-call role was sparked by his uncle, an on-call firefighter at Seaton for 18 years.

Craig said he has photographs of himself sitting in a fire engine from the age of five years old.

On-call firefighter Craig urged anyone keen to join the service to sign up to a taster day, or speak to local crews about their jobs they do and the cover they give.

He said: “Stop thinking and get on with it. It’s such a rewarding job in so many ways, everyone has different skill sets and assets they bring to the table.

“I’ve been an on-call firefighter for 11 years, I love it and wouldn’t change anything. It’s been a fantastic career so far.”

For more information on becoming an on-call firefighter, see here.

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