The team at Cumbria Fire and Rescue have started their scheme to celebrate local on-call firefighters in the county.

Across the next few months, the service will be hosting events at all 36 fire stations in Cumbria to show appreciation and recognition for volunteers in the area.

The first of these took place at Appleby Fire Station on Wednesday night, with other sites to be recognised in the near future.

A spokesperson for Appleby Fire Station said: "The evening proved to be a huge success and was very well supported by our crew, their families and their primary employers.

"It was the service’s opportunity to thank the families and employers of our On-call Firefighters for their ongoing and valuable support."

The Westmorland Gazette: A presentation night took place at Appleby Fire Station on WednesdayA presentation night took place at Appleby Fire Station on Wednesday (Image: Appleby Fire Station)

Certificates and letters of appreciation were presented to both the families and employers of the firefighters.

The guests invited to the evening event also had the opportunity to view the operational equipment stowed on the fire engine.

Speaking on behalf of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, a spokesperson said: "These events celebrate the terrific efforts of our On-call Firefighters and are also designed to recognise the huge commitment and dedication they provide to their communities."

The Westmorland Gazette: Firefighters, family and other guests were invited to the eventFirefighters, family and other guests were invited to the event (Image: Appleby Fire Station)

An on-call firefighter is someone who is employed by a fire and rescue service and is 'on-call' to respond to a range of emergencies.

They will respond from home, or another place of work, where they have everyday lives and jobs - until their pager sounds and they respond as a firefighter within their community.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service also used it as an opportunity to remind people in the local area that, if they wish to become one of these on-call firefighters, then their first port of call should be to consult the service's information packet.

This can be found at their website, along with the application form.