Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of on-call firefighters for its stations in the north 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. ”
Retained Support Officer, Kevin McLintock
Retained crew members are being sought at Newcastle, Burslem, Longnor, Loggerheads, Ipstones, Hanley, Leek, Biddulph, Cheadle and Longton.
The part-time firefighters provide emergency response cover from either their home or work base, which needs to be within five minutes of the fire station.
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, Kevin McLintock 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. 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.”
People wanting to find out more should call or email Retained Support Officer Kevin McLintock on 01785 898927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.