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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Retained recruitment drive is launched in the north

15/09/2015

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

"One of the best things about the job is that no two days are the same, retained firefighters could be doing a Home Fire Risk Check, tackling a house fire or releasing a casualty from a car following a road traffic collision. If you are a hard-working, enthusiastic person, we would love to hear from you."

Part-time crew members are being sought at Newcastle, Burslem, Longnor, Loggerheads, Ipstones, Hanley, Leek, Biddulph, Cheadle, Longton and Kidsgrove

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.

To have an informal conversation about the role with Retained Support Officer for the north of the county Andrew Adamson call 01785 898580 or email A.Adamson@Staffordshirefire.gov.uk

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

Andrew Adamson said: "We are keen to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds who would like to give something back to the community that they live or work in. Our retained firefighters give a lot to the Service but they also find it very rewarding. They are able to build upon and utiltise their existing skills as well as gaining a wealth of experience that is not only valuable in their firefighting role but that can also be used in their day to day life.

"One of the best things about the job is that no two days are the same, retained firefighters could be doing a Home Fire Risk Check, tackling a house fire or releasing a casualty from a car following a road traffic collision. If you are a hard-working, enthusiastic person, we would love to hear from you."