Recruitment drive for retained firefighters in Thornbury

AF&RS logoPeople living and working in Thornbury are being invited to give something positive back to the community by becoming part-time firefighters.

The town’s station is looking to recruit some new Retained Duty System (RDS) firefighters.

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 homes or work places, rather than a fire station.

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

Applicants should be at least 18-years-old when their training starts, and be fit enough to pass a physical test and medical examination.

Station Manager Shane Saunders said: “Becoming a retained firefighter is a really worthwhile way to make a positive impact on the place in which you live and work.

“The hours can be very flexible and there is a great sense of team spirit among the RDS firefighters, who are a vital part of the Avon Fire & Rescue Service family.

“RDS firefighters agree to be available for a certain number of hours each week, and also need to attend our weekly training nights every Monday.

“We particularly need people to help provide cover on weekdays between 9 and 5.

RDS firefighters are paid an annual fee as well as call-out and attendance fees.

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