HWFRS on-call firefighter is a modern-day Home Front Hero
Leintwardine on-call firefighter Peter Murray features in the BBC One documentary series Home Front Heroes on Wednesday 7 November 2018, as the modern-day version of a war-time air-raid warden.
As part of the documentary series leading up to Remembrance Sunday, former Paralympian and member of the House of Lords, the Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, joined Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service for a training day to help her explore the bravery of her grandfather who was an air-raid warden in World War II.
Peter was undertaking breathing apparatus training and Tanni joined him and some of his firefighting colleagues in the cosmetic 'smoke'-filled fire house to experience some of the conditions her grandfather would have faced during the air-raids over South Wales. She also witnessed training involving a 'flash-over' fire – where even from her position of safety, and wearing protective equipment, she could feel the heat of the inferno.
As part of the programme, Tanni interviewed Peter to learn about what motivated him to become a firefighter in a rural community and how he balances this with his other role as a self-employed award-winning craftsman and woodsman.
All 27 fire stations in Herefordshire and Worcestershire have on-call crew – men and women who are aged 18+, who live or work within five minutes of the fire station, and who can commit to being on-call for a minimum of 40 hours of each week.
Peter said: "As a craftsman I spend a lot of my time on my own in my workshop and being part of the Fire Service gives me the chance to get out and do exciting thing as part of a team - and the extra money is always appreciated. Leintwardine is a quieter station so it's been no problem balancing my on-call commitments with my home life – and as I'm new to the area it's helped me get to know people and feel like I'm a part of the village."
At the end of the Fire Service training day, Tanni said: "The on-call firefighter is a genuine community champion. Like the air-raid wardens of World War II, these men and women are a vital part of their town or village, working and living locally and providing first response for fires, road accidents, water incidents, and even rescuing animals.
She continued: "During their training day, I was struck by their commitment to the Fire Service and to their communities, and also their skills and teamwork in the most hostile conditions. They really are the modern-day Home Front Heroes."
Home Front Heroes with Tanni Grey Thompson is broadcast on BBC One at 9:15am on Wednesday 7 November, and will be available on BBC iplayer for 30 days.
To learn more about becoming an on-call firefighter, visit the HWFRS recruitment website .