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New Buxton fire engine starts conversation about recruitment

New colour fire engine to aid recruitment, pictured with the engine are Paul Moorland, Chris Heathcote, Andrew Williamson, Damion Wilson, James Barber and Sandra Webb
New colour fire engine to aid recruitment, pictured with the engine are Paul Moorland, Chris Heathcote, Andrew Williamson, Damion Wilson, James Barber and Sandra Webb

A striking new purple and turquoise-coloured fire engine has been spotted on the streets of Buxton, the latest tool in a recruitment drive by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The vehicle is travelling the county and Buxton is the second stop on its tour.

New colour fire engine to aid recruitment, pictured with the engine are Paul Moorland, Chris Heathcote, Andrew Williamson, Damion Wilson, James Barber and Sandra Webb

New colour fire engine to aid recruitment, pictured with the engine are Paul Moorland, Chris Heathcote, Andrew Williamson, Damion Wilson, James Barber and Sandra Webb

Andy Williamson, crew manager, said: “It’s eye catching and invokes a reaction which is great.

“When we are out on the streets you can actually see people pointing or doing a double take to find out what it is about.”

The engine is one of two new trucks in the county and will be staying in Buxton until August, with the aim of getting people to consider joining the fire service.

Station manager Paul Moreland said: “We want the people on our trucks to represent the people we serve in the community and we feel there is not enough diversity in the service at the minute, so we want to start the conversation about recruitment because really anyone can be a firefighter.”

Rachel Chatwin is the only full-time female firefighter based at Buxton - there is also one on-call female firefighter - but she would like to see more women join the service.

She said: “I joined because I wanted to give something back to my community and make a difference, and it’s such a shame there isn’t more women coming forward to do the same. The problem is women don’t see women doing this job so they don’t think can do it which is just daft, anyone can.”

Recruitment for new firefighters opens in the autumn.