Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of on-call firefighters for its stations in the east of the county.
“Retained firefighters are vital to the community and we urge people to come forward. They do the same role as their full time equivalents and receive the same amount of training."
Retained Support Officer, Ian Pullen
After their initial training course, retained firefighters attend weekly drill nights to ensure they maintain their skills, in addition to which there are many more opportunities for training throughout the year.
Candidates 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 some 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. They 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.
Retained Support Officer, Ian Pullen said: “Retained firefighters are vital to the community and we urge people to come forward. They do the same role as their full time equivalents and receive the same amount of training. Retained firefighting is a great option for those wishing to supplement their current income and put something back into the community. It may be that you are unemployed or you may be willing to provide cover outside of your normal day job. Alternatively more and more local employers are now willing to release employees from their duties to attend emergency incidents.”
People wanting to find out more should call or email Retained Support Officer Ian Pullen on 07971893280 or email@example.com
More information about retained firefighters is also available in the careers section of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/Careers.asp.
Candidates must declare their availability with the Service prior to the closing date on Friday, March 4. Applicants should apply online at www.wmjobs.co.uk
If you have any enquiries please contact Recruitment Advisor Julie Ann Edwards or Recruitment and HR Administrator Rachel Sharratt on 01785 898830.