A FIREFIGHTING family from Misterton are urging would-be part-time recruits to come forward as another member becomes the third from the household to join the service.
Josh Stokes, 20, has become the newest recruit at Misterton Fire Station – and the latest member of his family to serve the local area as a firefighter.
Josh, who is also a self-employed plumber, is following in the footsteps of his dad Kev and older sister Samantha by joining the retained section.
Now, the Stokes family from Park Lane, Misterton are urging others to consider supporting the community by becoming a part-time firefighter.
“I’ve obviously learned a lot about being a firefighter from my dad and my sister, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Josh. “Being a retained firefighter is varied and exciting, and it’s allowed me to learn many news skills and give something back to my community, in between my working shifts.”
He added: “I get a real buzz out of it, and I would encourage anyone to see if this could also be for them.”
Josh carries a pager which alerts him to 999 calls and the crew at Misterton must respond to a wide variety of emergencies.
His sister, Sam, agreed that it was a worthwhile challenge, and was extremely proud of her brother for overcoming adversity and tackling it head on.
As a primary school teacher at Whites Wood Lane Primary School, Sam would like anyone with any spare time in the day or night to get involved.
“I think it’s brilliant,” said Sam, 22. “Josh and I have grown up with it and seen what our dad has gone through - we always thought he was really brave. We are very proud of Josh of getting through his training. He has worked so hard throughout and has dyslexia so he’s had to work harder than a lot of people.”
She added: “It’s the challenge of it - you never know what you are going to get called out to. The big thing for us is getting women to join. I am tiny in comparison and if I can do it, anyone can.”
“Retained firefighters must be able to respond to the station within five minutes when they are on call,” explained Watch Manager at Misterton Andy Horton . “We particularly need men or women who could be available between 8am and 6pm, or any part of that period.”
Anyone interested in becoming a retained firefighter at Misterton can call the station on Tuesday evenings on 01427 890275, or on 07881 880383 at other times.