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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Volunteer Event a Success!

A total of 20 people attended the volunteer recruitment event held on Friday at Newcastle Fire Station.

"Initially we will be running this as a six month pilot however if it is successful we’ll be looking to roll it out in other areas of the County."

Helen Harrison, Newcastle Deputy Area Commander

A wide variety of men and women aged from 18-55 with a range of experience and skills between them have applied to be a volunteer to help support the delivery of community fire safety in the Newcastle area.

Helen Harrison, Newcastle Deputy Area Commander said: "This is the first time we’ve recruited volunteers to carry out community fire safety. This was a great opportunity for people either looking to volunteer and for those who are unemployed and are looking to widen their skills.

"Initially we will be running this as a six month pilot however if it is successful we’ll be looking to roll it out in other areas of the County."

Successful applicants will be part of a new team of volunteers who will support fire service staff in community based activities in schools, businesses and in people’s homes.  Fire and Rescue Authority member, Cllr Simon Tagg who is championing the project said: "The event was a great success; I am really looking forward to supporting the roll out of this scheme in Newcastle."

The Newcastle branch of the North Staffordshire Volunteer Centre will be helping to coordinate the selection process following today’s event, Jo Phillips, North Staffordshire Volunteer Centres Manager said: "We are very excited to be supporting this new programme and are working closely with the team at Newcastle Fire Station."

Application for the scheme is now closed.