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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Duo of drop-in sessions for retained recruitment

09/02/2016

A duo of drop-in sessions is being held in Barton-under-Needwood so that people can find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter.

"We have a dedicated team of retained firefighters who give up their spare time to help protect the residents of Barton-under-Needwood. However, we are keen to attract more crew members and would like to hear from people who think they have got what it takes to become part of the Service."

Retained Support Officer Ian Pullen

The Service is running a retained recruitment drive across the county until Friday, March 4.

Retained Support Officer Ian Pullen will be at Barton-under-Needwood Community Fire Station to give information and advice on becoming part of the team.

He will be at the Short Lane facility from 10am-2pm on Saturday, February 13 and from 6pm-9pm on Tuesday, February 16.

Ian Pullen said: "We have a dedicated team of retained firefighters who give up their spare time to help protect the residents of Barton-under-Needwood. However, we are keen to attract more crew members and would like to hear from people who think they have got what it takes to become part of the Service.

"On-call firefighters are an absolutely essential part of our workforce and play a vital role in safeguarding the communities that they serve. I will be at the community fire station during the two drop-in sessions, along with some of the firefighters who are based there, to answer any questions that people may have about the process of becoming a retained firefighter. The crew will also be able to tell people about the sort of experiences and opportunities they could have if they take up this extremely rewarding challenge."

Retained firefighters can be called upon to tackle a wide range of incidents including fires, floods, road traffic collisions and chemical spills. On-call firefighters can also get involved in community fire safety initiatives in their local area, including free Home Fire Risk Checks and school visits.

The on-call firefighters provide emergency response cover from either their home or work base, which needs to be within five minutes’ of the fire station.

After initial training, weekly drill nights ensure firefighters maintain their skills. Additional opportunities for training are available throughout the year.

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.

To find out more call Retained Support Officer Ian Pullen on 07971 893280 or email ian.pullen@staffordshirefire.gov.uk

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.