Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of retained firefighters in the west of the county.
This is an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic people, of all ages, to learn new skills at the same time as giving something back to the community that they live or work in. The role of a retained firefighter is extremely rewarding and the crews develop a real sense of friendship and comradery which is vital when you are potentially going into dangerous situations such as house fires or dealing with road traffic collisions."
Gary Fox - Retained Support Officer
Part-time crew members are being sought at Rising Brook, Cannock, Brewood, Eccleshall, Gnosall, Penkridge, Codsall, Stone, Rugeley, Wombourne and Kinver.
Retained firefighters 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 tackle 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 to fit around their hours of primary employment.
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.
People can have an informal conversation about the role with Retained Support Officer for the west of the county Gary Fox. Gary is also inviting interested parties to attend information sessions at Stafford Fire Station at 7pm on Thursday, September 10 as well as on Thursday, September 17. It may be possible for individual visits to be arranged for those who cannot attend either of the events. Call Gary Fox on 07528 983190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance or to arrange an alternative meeting.
Candidates must declare their availability with the Service prior to the closing date. The closing date for applications is Monday, September 28. Applicants should apply online at www.wmjobs.co.uk
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.
Gary Fox said: "This is an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic people, of all ages, to learn new skills at the same time as giving something back to the community that they live or work in. The role of a retained firefighter is extremely rewarding and the crews develop a real sense of friendship and comradery which is vital when you are potentially going into dangerous situations such as house fires or dealing with road traffic collisions.
"Our retained firefighters will be able to utilise their existing experience to strengthen their crew but they will also have access to a whole host of training opportunities which will boost their knowledge and expertise too. We want to hear from you if you are a hard-working team player and I’d urge anyone who thinks they fit into that category to submit an application to join our dedicated team."