Dorset

Wareham's retained firefighters under pressure

Wareham Fire Station
Image caption Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said the Wareham station had half the number of staff it needed

Retained firefighters in parts of Dorset are "under pressure" because of staff shortages, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service has said.

There are half the number of on-call firefighters needed at the service's retained fire station in Wareham.

Deputy area commander Craig Baker said there were 10 retained staff at the site on Worgret Road.

He wants the number brought back up to 20. He said cover for emergencies was not being affected.

'Need a balance'

However Mr Baker said more part-time staff are needed to "reduce pressure" on those already balancing firefighting with a day job.

"It's not a stretch for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service but on those individuals who are providing the cover at Wareham now," he said.

"They're being asked to do more and more, and we have to remember this is a part-time job.

"They do their full-time employment, they have their family lives. That's why we need a balance."

Mr Baker said Dorset Fire and Rescue Service was currently looking for more retained firefighters in the Purbeck district, which includes Wareham, Bere Regis and Swanage.

It is running a series of recruitment sessions for anyone interested in joining.

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