AN OSWESTRY firefighter has come forward to help encourage others to take on voluntary roles.

James Lewis, is one of a series of firefighters from Shropshire, who have revealed their experiences as part of a drive by the county's fire and rescue service to gain additional on-call crew members.

The 40-year-old joined Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2004.

When he applied, he was working the night-shift at a local factory where one of his colleagues was watch manager at the fire station.

James said: “Over time he would tell me of the calls he was attending, how the on-call system worked and all the other details of the job. This was something that appealed to me, so I applied for the position of firefighter at the station. The rest is history.”

James said he still has time enjoy life and takes part in hobbies like long distance running and going to the gym while also being a committed partner and father to two children aged eight and six.

James added: “On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds then they immediately make their way to the fire station. They don’t work for a back-up team or a second-rate crew.

"On-call firefighters are professional firefighters, on the front line, saving lives.”

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