CHESHIRE Fire and Rescue Service is launching a campaign to recruit part-time firefighters who will play a key role in making their community safer.
As well as employing more than 500 full-time frontline firefighters, the service also has around 220 part-time staff who respond to emergencies, usually in more rural areas.
Now residents in and around Frodsham are being urged to attend a special open night to find out about the part-time scheme, known as the Retained Duty System (RDS). Local employers who are interested in allowing their staff to join the scheme are also being encouraged to attend.
“Our retained duty staff attend exactly the same sort of emergency incidents as our full-time crews and are trained to use our range of specialist rescue equipment,” said station manager Derek Dickson, who oversees the system.
“The system is extremely flexible, however, and means people can be on standby either at home or in their full-time job and then respond when there is an emergency.
“People can put themselves forward to provide cover at certain periods so it can be ideal for those with free time during the day such as mums with young children at school.”
The open evening is being held at Frodsham Community Fire Station on Thursday, July 24 from 6-8pm.
Information packs for both would-be recruits and employers will be available and visitors will also be able to:
Try their hand at some of the physical recruitment tests
See some of the specialist equipment and appliances used by the crews
Chat with current RDS staff
Applicants need to have a good level of fitness and live or work close to the fire station.
Retained duty staff receive an annual payment - a retainer – of around £2,000 a year, as well as extra fees when they respond to emergencies and for training sessions.
Anyone who can’t attend the open evening can find out more information from the service’s website – www.cheshirefire.gov.uk.