A recruitment drive looking for retained firefighters to help protect the people of Kidsgrove is currently underway.
“This is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated 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. We are specifically seeking individuals who can provide on-call cover between the hours of 7am and 6pm."
Kidsgrove Station Manager James Green
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is on the lookout for on-call crew members to be based at Kidsgrove Community Fire Station in Lower Ash Road.
Retained firefighters provide on-call cover from their home address or place of work, which must be within five minutes’ travelling time of the station. Applicants must be aged 18 or over.
Many on-call crew members provide cover to fit around their hours of primary employment, while some 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.
People interested in becoming a retained firefighter will need to complete an application form, pass literacy, numeracy and physical tests, followed by an interview and medical.
Successful applicants will take part in an initial training course at the Services’ Headquarters near Stone. Following this, they will attend weekly drill nights at Kidsgrove Community Fire Station to ensure that their skills are maintained. This currently takes place between 7pm and 9pm on Wednesdays.
Kidsgrove Station Manager James Green said: “This is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated 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. We are specifically seeking individuals who can provide on-call cover between the hours of 7am and 6pm.
“I would also encourage any local employers that may have staff members interested in becoming a retained firefighter to get in touch and find out more about the role. Retained firefighters acquire a broad range of new skills during the course of their duties, many of which are transferable.”
Anyone wishing to find out more should contact Retained Support Officer Kevin McLintock on 01785 898927 or email Kevin.McLintock@staffordshirefire.gov.uk