Stoke & Staffordshire

Event held as Staffordshire part-time firefighters sought

An event is being held for people to find out more about becoming a part-time firefighter, as vacancies are advertised at 10 Staffordshire sites.

An open evening will take place at Leek fire station from 18:00 BST to 20:00 BST on 10 April.

People can talk to firefighters at the event and apply for the role ahead of a training course in September.

It follows a similar event which took place at Burslem community fire station on Thursday evening.

Retained firefighters must live or work within five minutes of a station.

'Supplement income'

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking for people to serve in Burslem, Longnor, Ipstones, Leek, Lichfield, Barton-under-Needwood, Abbots Bromley, Biddulph, Kidsgrove and Brewood.

Leek Station Manager Carl Mason said: "Retained firefighting is a great option for those wishing to put something back into the community whilst also supplementing their current income.

"More and more local employers are now willing to release employees from their duties to attend emergency incidents."

Successful applicants would be required to attend a weekly "drill night" to maintain their knowledge and skills.

They are given the same training as full-time firefighters. Applicants must be over the age of 18, but there is no upper age limit.

The fire service in Staffordshire said a number of positions were available with varying hours. There are about 15 retained firefighters based at each site.

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