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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Burslem Recruitment Event

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking to recruit retained firefighters for its fire station in Burslem.

Retained firefighters provide emergency response cover from either their home or work base, which needs to be within five minutes of the fire station.

The first one will be held between 10am and 12pm and the second from 1pm until 3pm on the 9th of June.

"I love the variety of my job role – no day is ever the same, I am always working with different people and every incident gives me a new exciting experience."

Retained Firefighter at Hanley, Ursula Robateau-Martin

Retained Firefighter at Hanley, Ursula Robateau-Martin who is aged 37 said: "After always wanting to join the fire service, I finally joined the Service in April 2009 when I began my training course at headquarters. I love the variety of my job role – no day is ever the same, I am always working with different people and every incident gives me a new exciting experience.

"To me it’s important that my job fits in with my family – being a retained fire fighter I can provide cover whenever suits me best. I have two children, aged 13 and eight, so I choose to provide my cover during the day when they are at school. I would recommend retained firefighting to anyone who is looking for a challenging and flexible job."

Stoke on Trent Assistant Area Commander, Ruth Watchorn-Rice commented: "We’re encouraging people to come along to these recruitment events to find out more about the job and to see what the Service can offer as an employer. We’d be particularly interested to hear from women and people from minority ethnic backgrounds – our Fire Service needs to be representative of the community in which we serve, so it would be great if we could attract members from under represented groups into the Service."

"Retained firefighters are vital to the community and it’s a great option for those wishing to supplement their current income and put something back into the community. It may be that you are unemployed or you may be willing to provide cover outside of your normal day job or family life. Alternatively more and more local employers are now willing to release employees from their duties to attend emergency incidents."