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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Could you be an on-call firefighter in Audlem?

 

Fire chiefs are looking for enthusiastic and willing people to work as on-call firefighters at Audlem Fire Station. They want to meet people who are keen to work in a team environment and who would like to earn an additional income of around £5000 each year.
Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the role is welcome to come to one of two special open days being held at the Station to find out what being an on-call firefighter is all about.

The open days are on

  • Saturday 6th September from 10am - 1pm
  • Tuesday 9th September from 5pm - 8pm

at Audlem Fire Station on Shropshire Street.

These events will give people the opportunity to learn more about the role, expected hours of training and duty, what it entails, and how to move through the process of becoming an on-call firefighter. Visitors will be able to talk to serving firefighters, members of the operational training group, and other fire and rescue staff.

They are ‘drop-in’ events between the published times and it's recommended that a couple of hours are allowed to be able to get a full insight into what is expected of an on-call firefighter, and how potential recruits can maximise their applications.
Being an on-call firefighter is an exciting and demanding role that allows people to make a real difference to their community and help to save lives. On-call firefighters get the same level of training as a full time firefighter to help them to operate in frontline situations.

Firefighters don't just fight fires - attending community events and acting as ambassadors is also an important part of the role. And it's is not a voluntary position, on-call firefighters are paid well for the work they do.

Paul Hancock, Cheshire Fire and Rescue's Chief Fire Officer, said: "Working with the fire and rescue service is a thoroughly rewarding experience. It gives individuals the opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds and meet people in the community as well as responding to emergency incidents within Cheshire."

On-call firefighters come from all walks of life, including shopkeepers, stay at home mums, builders, plumbers, farmers, secretaries, company directors, and people who may not currently be employed, and they work alongside their wholetime (full-time) colleagues.

Alex Waller, Head of Service Delivery, added: "People who apply must be able to respond quickly to the fire station, have a real wish to support their local community, have an enthusiasm and willingness to work in a team environment, and have a reasonable level of fitness. If you think you have got what it takes to join us please come to one of our open days.”

For more information or to register interest in attending one of the open days please call Sarah Dornford-May on 01606 868451 or email interest@cheshirefire.gov.uk and have a look at more information at http://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/jobs/on-call-firefighter-recruitment

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