18th Dec, 2017

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue on lookout for retained firefighters

Leamington Editorial 18th Jun, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

EXTRAORDINARY members of the community are being sought by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The service has started its biggest appeal yet for retained firefighters – those who are not based in fire stations permanently but usually live or work within the community and can respond to nearby emergencies.

There are currently more than 100 retained firefighters across the county but more are needed to provide cover during the day, nights and weekends, and especially in more rural areas.

Keith McDermott, local risk response commander, said: “Retained firefighters play a vital role in keeping communities safer.

“By launching the new campaign, we are hoping to encourage more businesses to sign up to support their community by considering releasing their staff to become retained firefighters.

“We are looking to recruit people from all walks of life. No previous experience is needed, but common sense, self-motivation, compassion and the ability to work as part of a team is essential.

“The job is challenging, but it is also one of the most rewarding careers you will ever have!”

Recruits must live or work within five minutes travel time of their nearest fire station and be over 18.

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/beextraordinary or call 01926 852223 to find out more about becoming a retained firefighter.

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