Recruitment drive for more retained firefighters in Northamptonshire

A recruitment appeal has been launched for more retained firefighters in Northamptonshire
A recruitment appeal has been launched for more retained firefighters in Northamptonshire
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Anyone interested in becoming a retained firefighter is invited to attend one of several recruitment days being held by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The fire service is looking to recruit more retained firefighters in the county and is holding a number of events where people can find out more about the role.

Visitors to Long Buckby Fire Station in Station Road will be able to experience first-hand some of the exercises firefighters undergo as part of their training at a recruitment event for retained firefighters being held between midday and 4pm tomorrow (Saturday, July 2).

During the event, tips on home fire, road and water safety will be available and members of the public will also have the chance to look around various fire engines.

Group manager Warren Ellison said: “We are very keen to attract more people in to serve their community in the Fire and Rescue Service, working as retained firefighters.

“We are encouraging applications from groups of people who are currently underrepresented in the service, such as women.

“Anyone interested in applying for vacancies at Long Buckby, or elsewhere in the county, is invited to get in contact - we would be keen to hear from you.”

Kettering fire crews will be at Wicksteed Park in Kettering from 10am until 3pm on Sunday, July 3, where they will again be offering information on retained firefighter recruitment.

Kettering crews will also be holding an on-call firefighter recruitment event at the Tesco car park in Carina Road, Kettering, from 10am until 3pm on Friday, July 8.

Crews will be there offering information on the role of firefighters and there will be an opportunity to talk to firefighters about what is involved.

Road and fire safety advice will also be available for anyone attending the event.

Anyone interested in working as a retained on-call firefighter at Long Buckby or elsewhere in Northamptonshire must have a good all-round level of fitness, must be 18 or over and must live or work within five minutes of the fire station.

For more information about the recruitment events or being a retained firefighter, call Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service on 01604 797000, visit www.northantsfire.org.uk or contact your local fire station.