Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Part-time heroes needed in your neighbourhood! Fire Service on look-out for new recruits

You might spend your days cleaning windows or chairing meetings, but have you thought about adding fighting fires to your CV?

Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service will be recruiting retained firefighters throughout June.

Retained part-time firefighters are people who combine their day jobs and duties with being 'on call' as a fully qualified firefighter. They are the backbone of the county's fire service with more than 80% of cover provided by them. Retained duty fire fighters are 'on call' from home or work rather than on duty at a station and retained stations respond to emergencies 24 hours a day.

Retained firefighters are currently needed in Stroud, Painswick, Dursley, Chipping Campden and Wotton-under-Edge and open evenings will be held in those towns.

Jon Hall, Chief Fire Officer at Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service, said: "Our retained firefighters come from all walks of life. The only requirements for applicants are that they must be of a minimum age of 18, reasonably fit and healthy and live or work within five minutes of their local fire station."

"We welcome enquiries from all sections of the community and the successful applicants will be paid a monthly retainer fee plus additional for call outs. It's also a chance to become a crucial member of a highly trained and tight-knit team."

Retained firefighters help save lives by attending emergencies, including fighting fires, chemical spills, road traffic accidents and animal rescues. They are also trained in specialist skills such as cliff and water rescue and breathing apparatus support and can be called upon to provide these skills at major incidents anywhere in the county.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: "Being a retained firefighter is one of the most exciting and rewarding jobs you can do and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service couldn't operate without their dedication and commitment."

"It's such a valuable service to provide to your local community and I would encourage people to apply if they feel it's a commitment they could make."

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Notes to News Editors

Recruitment nights will be held at the following stations:

Stroud - 17th June 2013 from 6.30pm till 9pm

Painswick - 18th June 2013 from 6.30pm till 9pm

Dursley - 19th June 2013 from 6.30pm till 9pm

Chipping Campden - 24th June 2013 from 6.30pm till 9pm

Wotton-under-Edge - 25th June 2013 from 6.30pm till 9pm

Lydney - 26th June 2013 from 6.30pm till 9pm

Issued by: Jayne Bailey, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425093

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10th June 2013