Could you be a part time firefighter?

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is inviting members of the public to find out more about being a firefighter as part of a drive to increase the number of part time crews at some of its stations.

As part of the service’s commitment to maintaining frontline services, a number of stations are looking for people who want to give something back to the local community by applying to be a part time, or retained duty system (RDS) firefighter.

RDS firefighters provide a flexible on-call service attending the fire station from their home or work place if they are needed for an emergency. This role can offer flexible working hours and could suit people with various childcare or professional responsibilities.

Zoe Escott is an RDS firefighter and full time mum. She said: “This is a really great job. Not only do I get to do something I love, but it allows me to work flexibly around my children’s school hours and provide a service to the community I live in. There is a great sense of team work at my station and I love the adrenalin rush I get when responding to an incident, but carrying out fire safety activities is also very rewarding as I am helping to save lives.”

Avon Fire & Rescue Service is looking for RDS firefighters at six of its retained fire stations – Bath, Blagdon, Chew Magna, Clevedon, Nailsea and Yatton.

Anyone interested in the role would need to:

  • Live or work within five minutes of the local retained fire station;
  • Be committed, self motivated and have a desire to help the community;
  • Be available for an agreed number of hours each week, particularly during the day – but these hours can be flexible;
  • Have a good standard of fitness; and
  • Be aged 18 or over.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive Kevin Pearson said: “Retained duty firefighters make up around a third of all our fire crews, so are crucial to ensuring we can continue to provide emergency cover across the Avon area.

“Our retained firefighters provide a key role in the communities they serve and this is a very rewarding role with many benefits.”

A series of open evenings, where members of the public can find out more about life as a retained firefighter, speak to some of the staff and watch a demonstration, will be taking place throughout February (see notes to editors for more details).

More information about becoming a retained firefighter is available by visiting the recruitment pages at www.avonfire.gov.uk

Open evenings will take place at the following locations and times:

Bath Fire Station, Cleveland Bridge, Thursday 10 and 17 February, 7pm-9pm

Blagdon Fire Station, Station Road, Monday 7 and 14 February, 7pm-9pm

Clevedon Fire Station, Old Street, Monday 7 and 14 February, 7pm-9pm

Chew Magna Fire Station, Tunbridge Road, Monday 7 and 14 February, 7pm-9pm

Nailsea Fire Station, Pound Lane, Wednesday 9 and 16 February, 7pm-9pm

Yatton Fire Station, Rock Road, Wednesday 9 and 16 February, 7pm-9pm