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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Retained recruitment drive is launched across the county


firefighter's with ladder
Firefighters with ladder

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of retained firefighters across the county.

In total eight part-time crew members are being sought at Rising Brook, Brewood, Eccleshall, Gnosall, Penkridge and Codsall.

A further 11 part-time crew members are being sought at Burton, Tutbury, Abbots Bromley, Uttoxeter, Barton-under-Needwood, Lichfield and Chase Terrace.

Twenty-five part-time crew members are being sought at Newcastle, Burslem, Longnor, Loggerheads, Ipstones, Hanley and Leek.

Retained firefighters would provide 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.

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 free 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.

The closing date for applications is Monday, April 20. Applicants should apply online at

People can have an informal conversation about the role by calling:

•    Retained Support Officer for the west of the county Gary Fox on 07528 983190 or email

•    Retained Support Officer for the east of the county Steve Marsh on 07971 893280 or email

•    Retained Support Officer for the north of the county Damian Armstrong on 07794213478 or email

Candidates must also declare their availability with the Service prior to the closing date.

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.

In addition, the retained firefighters will be able to participate in a whole host of other courses which run throughout the year.