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Staffordshire launches recruitment drive for retained firefighters

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

Staffordshire fire service launches recruitment drive

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STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of retained firefighters in Stone, Gnosall and Rising Brook, Stafford.

Retained firefighters are needed to provide vital emergency response cover from either their home or work base, which must be within five minutes travelling time of their fire station. Applicants must be aged 18 or over.

More than 400 retained firefighters work within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Retained Support Officer for the west of the county Gary Fox said: “We are looking for highly dedicated and enthusiastic people to join our close knit team, helping us to further improve the emergency response cover that we provide to our communities.

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“The retained firefighters are an integral part of the Service and bring a range of expertise, experience and skills. If you are a fit and active person who enjoys a challenge, submit your application as soon as possible. It could end up changing your life for the better.” Retained firefighters can be called on to support their whole-time colleagues in tackling a range of incidents including fires, floods, road traffic collisions and chemical spills.

They can also get involved in community fire safety initiatives in their local area, including Home Fire Risk Checks and school visits.

Many part-time crew members 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. Others provide cover during nights or at weekends.

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.

Successful applicants will take part in an initial training course and, following its completion, will attend weekly drill nights to ensure they maintain their skills.

Drill nights at Stone and Rising Brook are from 7pm-9pm on Tuesdays. They take place at Gnosall from 1.30pm-3.30pm and from 7.30pm-9.30pm, also on Tuesdays.

In addition, the retained firefighters will be able to participate in a whole host of other courses which run throughout the year.

The closing date for applications is September 8 2014.

For more information email Gary Fox on g.fox@staffordshirefire.gov.uk or call 01785 898702 or 07528983190. 

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