Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of retained firefighters in the north of the county.
"Retained firefighters are absolutely vital to providing efficient and effective emergency response cover for the residents of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and we are looking for the best of the best to add to our existing team. If you are highly motivated, enthusiastic and up for a challenge, I would urge you to submit an application."
Tom Casey - Retained Support Officer for the north of the county
Part-time crew members are being sought at Newcastle, Hanley, Burslem, Ashley, Biddulph, Leek and Longnor stations.
The retained firefighters would provide vital emergency response cover from either their home or work base, which must be within five minutes travelling time of their station. Applicants must be aged 18 or over.
More than 400 retained firefighters work within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and approximately 18,000 dedicated people carry out the role nationally.
They can be called upon to support their whole-time colleagues in tackling a range of incidents including fires, floods, road traffic collisions and chemical spills.
Retained firefighters can also get involved in community fire safety initiatives in their local area, including Home Fire Risk Checks and school visits.
Many part-time crew members have a full-time job outside of the Service and have an agreement with their employer that they can leave work if they are alerted to an incident. Others provide cover during nights or at weekends.
People interested in becoming a retained firefighter will need to fill in an application form, pass written literacy and numeracy tests, physical tests, an interview and a medical.
Successful applicants will take part in an initial training course and, following its completion, will attend weekly drill nights to ensure they maintain their skills.
Drill nights at Biddulph and Leek are from 7pm-9pm on Tuesdays and at Longnor are from 7.30pm-9.30pm, also on Tuesdays.
They take place at Newcastle, Hanley, Burslem and Ashley from 7pm-9pm on Wednesdays.
In addition, the retained firefighters will be able to participate in a whole host of other courses which run throughout the year.
Retained Support Officer for the north of the county Tom Casey said: “This is an excellent opportunity for people to give something back to their community and to become part of the fire and rescue service’s close knit team.
“Retained firefighters are absolutely vital to providing efficient and effective emergency response cover for the residents of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and we are looking for the best of the best to add to our existing team. If you are highly motivated, enthusiastic and up for a challenge, I would urge you to submit an application.”
Email Tom Casey on email@example.com or call 01785 898 995/ 07794 213478 for more information on how to apply for a position. The closing date for applications is September 8 2014.