Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking to recruit retained firefighters to serve the local community of Ipstones and the surrounding villages.
"We are looking to recruit retained firefighters to respond from Ipstones Fire Station. This is a job which makes a real difference to peoples’ lives and the incidents we attend are never the same."
Jeff Gould, Ipstones Crew Manager
Retained firefighters provide emergency response cover from either their home or work base, which needs to be within five minutes of Ipstones Fire Station on Froghall Road. Applicants need to be aged 18 or over.
Ipstones Fire Station covers more than 20 villages in the Moorlands and regularly provides additional cover for colleagues in Leek, Cheadle and Stoke-on-Trent. The role would suit people who work shifts, work from home or people who want a part time job to work around the family.
Jeff Gould, Ipstones Crew Manager said: "We are looking to recruit retained firefighters to respond from Ipstones Fire Station. This is a job which makes a real difference to peoples’ lives and the incidents we attend are never the same.
"The job brings a lot of personal satisfaction, as you are helping people who are in need, and sometimes in difficult, traumatic situations. Ipstones Fire Station has always been at the heart of the community and in addition to responding to emergency calls has raised thousands of pounds for many charities and hospitals."
Wendy Johnson, aged 44, joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service seven years ago and is a firefighter at Ipstones Fire Station. Although unsure if she’d be suitable for the role at first, Wendy said it was one of the best moves she has made. She now manages the organisation of home fire risk checks on behalf of the station.
"I was asked by one of the firefighters if I was interested in joining," says Wendy, "At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it, thinking it would be more of a role for a younger male perhaps as opposed to me.
"After a while I decided to give it a go, I was successful and I’m now really pleased I did it as I thoroughly enjoy my job, you never know what incident you are going to and each is different.
Being a retained firefighter means providing a service for the local community and helping to save lives, this often means trying to prevent fires before they have chance to happen. Wendy added: "I enjoy visiting peoples’ homes and completing free home risk fire checks, which involves installing smoke alarms if there are none or they don’t work, and at the same time educating residents about fire safety.
"I find in this job you are learning all the time which is a great asset and joining the fire service is definitely one of the best things I’ve ever done."
Interested people would be required to state what hours they would be available, for which there are a range of options including day time hours. If successful, full firefighter training will be provided and personnel will be expected to attend weekly drill nights. For more information please telephone Watch Manager, Leslie Jackson on 01538 266352.