Biggest ever appeal for retained firefighters in Warwickshire

You must be 18 or over to become a retained firefighter
You must be 18 or over to become a retained firefighter

Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is launching its biggest appeal yet for retained firefighters.

Retained firefighters are an integral part of the fire service. Although not based on fire stations, they usually live or work in their local community and carry a pager, so when they get the call, they are ready to respond to any emergency.

Currently, there are over 100 retained firefighters in Warwickshire, responding to the call to keep communities safe.

But many more are needed to provide cover at retained stations during the day, nights and weekends.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Local Risk Response Commander, Keith McDermott, said: “Retained firefighters play a vital role in keeping communities safer. At present we really need more people to come forward to provide cover in the day time, especially in more rural areas of the county. We are hoping to encourage more local businesses to sign up to support their local community by considering releasing their staff to become retained firefighters.

“We are 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. You must also live or work within five minutes travel time of your nearest fire station and be over 18.

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

Go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/beextraordinary