New start for Manea as new commander steps up

Martin Brown, new Station Commander at Manea.
Martin Brown, new Station Commander at Manea.
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New Station Commander Martin Brown has called for the help of Manea residents to swell the number of on-call firefighters at its local fire station.

Station Commander Brown has worked at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) in roles across the county for almost 25 years.

He said: “Like many residents in Manea, I want to see Manea Fire Station available 24/7 to provide a service for the community and also be a key support appliance to CFRS as a whole.

“The number of on-call firefighters available at any one time determines the availability of the fire engine. The more it’s available, the more calls it gets and the more skilled and experienced the staff become.”

Manea Fire Station, in Westfield Road, is home to one fire engine and currently five on-call firefighters. Martin hopes to at least double the number of firefighters based at the station by the end of the year.

The fire engine at Manea does not only attend incidents in the village, it also provides back up to crews in March and Chatteris for larger incidents. It can also attend large or protracted incidents in other areas of the county, like the recent fire at Amey Cespa Industrial Site in Waterbeach, during which firefighters from Manea were also called to provide cover at the scene.

As fully trained professionals who save lives in their communities, on-call firefighters are men and women who may have other jobs and are able to provide evening, daytime or weekend cover. They carry a pager and respond to emergency incidents as and when they happen, just like the crew did in response to the Amey Cespa Industrial Site fire.

Living or working within five minutes of a local fire station, they receive an annual wage to reflect the time they commit plus additional payments for attending drill nights and incidents.

Martin added: “We want an enthusiastic and dedicated crew that pride themselves on supporting the community and all aspects of fire service work.

“We’re looking for capable people who want to give something back to their community, gain skills and meet new people. Whether they are shop workers in the village during the day, shift workers, or parents, anyone who is interested should get in touch.”

Anyone who would like to know more about on-call firefighting should call Recruitment on 01480-444500 or log on to www.cambsfire.gov.uk/recruitment