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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Retained recruitment drive is launched in the east

15/09/2015

firefighters getting in appliance
Firefighters getting into an appliance

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

"We are looking for people who are passionate about and dedicated to keeping the community that they live or work in safe. We have a great team of retained firefighters in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and we are keen to add to our number."

Part-time crew members are being sought at Tutbury, Abbots Bromley, Uttoxeter, Barton-under-Needwood, Lichfield and Tamworth Mercia.

Retained firefighters provide emergency response cover from either their home or work base, which must be within five minutes’ travelling time of their station. Candidates are advised to check travel time from their base to the station using a route planner to ensure they are within the turnout area. 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.
Call Retained Support Officer for the east of the county Steve Marsh on 07971 893280 or email steven.marsh@staffordshirefire.gov.uk for more information.

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.

Steve Marsh said: "We are looking for people who are passionate about and dedicated to keeping the community that they live or work in safe. We have a great team of retained firefighters in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and we are keen to add to our number.

"The successful applicants will be joining a highly motivated workforce that takes pride in protecting local people. They will receive regular training and access to development opportunities. If you are interested in taking on an exciting and challenging role where no two days are the same I would urge you to apply to become a retained firefighter."