Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking the people of Eccleshall and Gnosall, have you got what it takes to be a firefighter?
“Retained firefighters are essential to the fire service and go through the same training as all other firefighters."
Assistant Area Commander, Simon Craythorn.
The Service is recruiting retained firefighters for its stations in the two villages. Retained firefighters provide emergency response cover from either their home or work base, which needs to be within five minutes of the fire station.
Simon Campbell has been a firefighter at Eccleshall since 2007; he also has a full time role as a shop fitter and deals with bespoke furniture.
Simon Campbell commented: “I always wanted to go into the fire and rescue service and when this came up I thought it was a great opportunity to be able to carry on my normal day job as well be a firefighter. The job is great; it’s really rewarding to know that I’m putting something back into the community.”
After their initial training course, retained firefighters attend weekly drill nights to ensure they maintain their skills, in addition to which there are many more opportunities for training throughout the year.
Assistant Area Commander for Stafford Borough, Simon Craythorn 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.
“Retained firefighting is 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. Alternatively more and more local employers are now willing to release employees from their duties to attend emergency incidents.”
People wanting to find out more should call Simon Craythorn on 01785 898591 or Damian Armstrong on 01785 898723. More information about retained firefighters is also available in the careers section of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/Careers.asp.