Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Do something extraordinary - become a retained firefighter

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is looking for local people who are willing to give up their free time to do something extraordinary.

Gloucestershire Firefighter

Over the next couple of weeks, the service will be meeting men and women who are interested in becoming retained firefighters - from factory workers to company directors.

Retained staff are vital to the Gloucestershire service and nationally provide fire and rescue cover to around 60 per cent of the UK.

The only criteria is they must be more than 18 years old, physically fit and living or working within five minutes of their local fire station.

Recruitment nights will be held on the following dates at the following fire stations:

All recruitment evenings will be held from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Gloucestershire's Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: "This is an opportunity to become a member of a highly-skilled team and to contribute to the safety of the communities in which we all live."

"It's an important job, which requires great energy and dedication. But it's also a highly rewarding role. Retained firefighters come from all sections of the community, so anyone who thinks they can do something extraordinary should step forward."

Successful applicants will be given full training in attending emergencies and paid a monthly retainer fee, including additional pay for call-outs.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "We are all in the business of making sure communities and individuals are as safe as they can be - our retained firefighters are a vital cog in the wheel. Anyone who thinks they have what it takes to be a firefighter should take this chance to find out more about the role."

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Issued by Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council's Media Team 01452 425391

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10th October 2013