Recruitment drive for retained firefighters in Weston-super-Mare

People living and working in Weston-super-Mare are being invited to give something positive back to the community by becoming part-time firefighters.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service is looking to recruit new Retained Duty System (RDS) firefighters at the town’s station.

RDS firefighters use the same fire engines and equipment as their ‘Wholetime’ (full-time) colleagues - the main difference is that RDS firefighters are on call from their home or work place.

RDS firefighters need to live or work within five minutes of their retained station during their hours of declared availability.

Group Manager Matthew Hunt, Unitary Manager for North Somerset said: “Becoming a retained firefighter is a great opportunity to make a positive impact in your local community.

“There is a great sense of team spirit among the retained firefighters who are a vital part of the Avon Fire & Rescue Service family.

“We particularly need people to help provide cover on weekdays between 9 and 5, but hours can be flexible.

“RDS firefighters agree to be available for a certain number of hours each week, and also need to attend a weekly training night.”

Anyone interested in becoming a part time firefighter can find out more at a number of events being held in April and May. At the events current RDS firefighters will be available to provide an insight into the role and recruitment process.

Applicants should be at least 18-years-old when their training starts, and be fit enough to pass a physical test and medical examination. RDS firefighters are paid an annual fee as well as call-out and attendance fees.

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Monday 18 and Monday 25 April, 8am to 10am and 4pm to 6pm at Virgin Active Health Club, 168 Locking Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 3HG.

Monday 9 and Tuesday 17 May, 1pm to 3pm at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Hutton Moor Road, Weston-super-Mare BS22 8LY.

On Monday 9 May, between 7pm and 9pm, people interested in becoming an RDS firefighter are invited to Weston-super-Mare Fire Station, Milton Road, BS23 3JS to meet the crew and familiarise themselves with the role and required commitments.