An on-call firefighter might be dashing away from his candlelit meal this February 14th – but his wife understands it’s all for the love of his community!
Adrian Valentine – yes really- is a mechanic in Skelmanthorpe, but also works on call for the fire service to help protect his loved ones in the area and anyone else in need. He’s now encouraging others to live up to his love-linked name and sign up across West Yorkshire to show their love for their local area.
Adrian said: “I own a garage in Skelmanthorpe, but I’ve been an on-call firefighter for 18 years – I love it! You are part of a really great group of people who do good in the community. Everyone you work with is great. You learn other things you can put into your full time job like first aid.”
On-call firefighters work in areas where there are fewer emergency incidents than others, so firefighters don’t need to be on station all the time. You can be on call as long as you’re in the area; working, picking up your chocolates or flowers at the shops – or whatever other romantic plans you might have! On-call firefighters get paged if they need to go to the station, from where they jump on a fire engine and off to an emergency incident – something Firefighter Valentine says really sets the heart pumping.
And Adrian says his other half is very understanding of his jobs – helping him set up the garage and supporting his work as an on-call firefighter. They’ve been together twenty years, married for five – and have four children and a grandchild.
Firefighter Valentine adds he’ll even be on call on the most romantic day of the year! “I’ll be on call this Valentine’s Day – but my wife is very supportive,” he said.
“Being an on-call firefighter is a life-changing decision so having her support means a lot. She sees it as a paid hobby – which it is. She won’t mind on Valentine’s Day if I have to run off if I get a call – I’ll be taking her out anyway, so let’s hope for a quiet night.”
And as well as his love for his family – Adrian thinks it’s the love for his local area which makes him want to do the job too. He said: “I’ve grown up here in Skelmathorpe and know a lot of people. I have a love for my village, that’s why I’m on call here, to help people.”
But he admits he does get some stick for his love-linked name “I do sometimes get jokes about my name from my colleagues, there’s lots of banter. They’re all great, we work as a team and help each other – and it’s a really good station to be at.”
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Location – Live and/or work within one mile of the fire station you wish to work at, or be able to get there within five minutes of receiving an emergency call, travelling at normal road speed. You could also run, walk or cycle if this is easier.
About you – Be 18 or over on commencement of employment, and eligible to work in the UK. Be physically well, including good eyesight with higher than average levels of strength, endurance and aerobic fitness. Hold literacy and numeracy Level 2 qualifications. Have a full UK driving licence.
Commitments – The minimum commitment is usually 50 hours a week, but still get in touch for a chat with us if you think you can offer less. You will also attend training drills once a week at your local station.