Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of retained (on call) firefighters for its stations in the west of the county.
“Retained firefighters are an integral part of the Service and undertake the same training as full-time firefighters. Retained firefighting is a great option for those wishing to put something back into the community whilst also supplementing their current income."
Retained Support Officer, Gary Fox
Retained crew members are being sought at Rising Brook, Brewood, Eccleshall, Gnosall, Penkridge, Codsall, Cannock, Wombourne, Kinver and Rugeley.
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, Gary Fox said:“Retained firefighters are an integral part of the Service and undertake the same training as full-time firefighters. Retained firefighting is a great option for those wishing to put something back into the community whilst also supplementing their current income. 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 Officers Gary Fox on 07528 983190/01785 898702 or email email@example.com or Damian Armstrong on 07794213478/01785 898723 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.