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Fire Service celebrate Volunteers Week

June 4 2019

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is saying a big thank you to its volunteers as part of a national celebration week for those who selflessly give their time to help others.

I get a real sense of job satisfaction. I feel the messages we are getting across have a long term effect which will, in turn, help many people. I feel valued and volunteering provides balance in my life.”

Volunteer Ruth Binks

The National Volunteer Week starts on Monday (June 3) and ends on Friday (June 7). SFRS has 72 volunteers from across the county who commit their valuable time to help the fire service. They can deliver safety advice to children during Safe+Sound, to the public by attending events, performing Post Incident Questionnaires and delivering Safe and Well visits and they help with firefighters’ training by acting as casualties, support the Princes Trust Programmes and much more.

The volunteers play a pivotal role within the Service and although it already has a number of dedicated and kind individuals SFRS is always looking for more people to offer their time.

Volunteer Ruth Binks said: “This is my first experience of volunteering and although time is always tight as we all lead busy lives; I feel that what I do is worthwhile. I get a real sense of job satisfaction. I feel the messages we are getting across have a long term effect which will, in turn, help many people. I feel valued and volunteering provides balance in my life.”

Denise Burgess, volunteer, said: “I have been a Chaplain with SFRS for almost 20 years and find great satisfaction and privilege in my relationships with staff and crew.

In more recent years I have also been involved in some Volunteer activities. I thoroughly enjoy interaction with other Volunteers and the wider experience of taking part in community events and training exercises.”

‘Knowing that I am helping to support our fire service, even if only in small ways is great! I love taking part in the Drama Queens exercises – they are fun but have also opened my eyes to how much is expected from our fire fighters,” added volunteer; Irene Stewart

Volunteer Co-ordinator Lisa Oliver said: “Our volunteers are important to the Service and they come from all walks of life. We have such a wide range of roles, there are opportunities for people to do various things and we invite them to get involved in activities where they can apply their skills.“We also have Volunteer Chaplains and volunteers who take part in the Ceremonial Squad”

“We are so grateful to all our volunteers who give up their valuable time to help us provide our service to the community and achieve our goal to make Staffordshire the safest place to be.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can submit an expression of on the careers page.