Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting retained firefighters in the Moorlands and are looking for men and women aged 18 and over to apply.
"I love what I do, it’s a very challenging but rewarding role as you’re putting something back into your community as well as saving lives."
Maxine Cooper, firefighter at Leek Fire Station
Retained firefighters provide emergency response cover from either their home or work base, which needs to be within five minutes of their local fire station.
Station Manager, Rich Williams said: "Retained firefighters are essential to the fire service and go through the same training as all other firefighters. Successful applicants will be required to attend a weekly drill night at their local fire station to maintain the high-level of fitness and skill we require our firefighters to have.
"All that we ask is that anyone who is interested lives or works within five minutes of their local fire station. We particularly want to hear from anyone living or working within five minutes of Leek, Ipstones or Longnor Fire Stations."
Maxine Cooper, firefighter at Leek Fire Station said: "I live just a few minutes from Leek Fire Station and decided to find out more about becoming a retained firefighter. That was almost eight years ago and I’m now also the Admin Manager at the fire station. I commit my on call hours around childcare as I have a young son so it works perfectly for me.
"I love what I do, it’s a very challenging but rewarding role as you’re putting something back into your community as well as saving lives. When I first started attending incidents some members of the public were surprised to see a woman as they were used to just seeing men, but it isn’t like that anymore – anyone can do this, male or female!
"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. This is a job which makes a real difference to peoples’ lives and the incidents we attend are never the same."
Interested people can attend an open evening on May 24th between 6pm and 8pm at Leek, Longnor, Ipstones, Burslem and Hanley Fire Stations where they can meet existing retained firefighters and ask questions.
Alternatively, interested people can call 01785 898444 if they are unable to attend the open evening and discuss this opportunity over the phone or visit the careers page of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/Careers.asp.