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 crew members are being sought at Gnosall, Rising Brook, Brewood, Eccleshall, Kinver, Codsall and Stone.
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 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. The times and days of the drill nights can be found at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2473.asp
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 school visits. Many on-call 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 Damian Armstrong said:
“We are looking for enthusiastic, highly motivated people to join us and play an integral role within the Service. Retained firefighters receive the same level of training as our full time firefighters and get a real sense of satisfaction out of doing the role. It is a great way to help protect your community and give something back to the local area. More and more local employers are now willing to release employees from their duties to attend emergency incidents and it is also a great way to supplement your income.”
A drop in session is being held at Stone Fire Station on Monday, September 11, from 2pm until 8pm. Anyone who is interested in becoming a retained firefighter can visit the station to speak to some of the crew and find out more about the role and the necessary requirements. To find out more call Retained Support Officer Damian Armstrong on 0752898319 /01785 898723 or email Damian.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 September 15.
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.