Are you up to the challenge?

EXTRAORDINARY members of the community are being sought from Shipston to be part of a first class team of retained firefighters. 

This exciting role can be performed alongside any current career in agreement with your employer or performed outside of your normal working hours. The work attracts an annual retainer payment and an hourly wage when undertaking operational duties.

Although not based on fire stations, retained firefighters usually live or work in their local community and carry a pager, so when they get the call, they are ready to respond to any emergency.

Currently, there are over 100 retained firefighters in Warwickshire, working as part of an amazing team working to keep Warwickshire communities safer. However, many more are needed, to provide cover at our retained stations during the day, nights and weekends.

Talking about the role, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Retained Duty Systems Liaison Officer, Sam O’Brien said:

“Currently, there are 7 retained firefighters in Shipston, responding to the call to keep your community safe. However, many more are needed, to provide cover during the day, nights and weekends.

“We are we are looking to recruit people from all walks of life. No previous experience is needed, but common sense, self-motivation, compassion and the ability to work as part of a team is essential. You must also live or work within five minutes travel time of Shipston Fire Station and be over 18.

“As a retained firefighter, you will play a vital role in keeping your community safe. The job is challenging, but it is also one of the most rewarding careers you will ever have!”

Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Councillor Andy Crump said:

“Retained firefighters play a crucial role within our communities. Not only do they provide an operational response across the county, but they are an integral part of the local communities they serve.

“If you are considering becoming a retained firefighter or if you are a local business thinking about releasing staff, then there is no better time to step forward and find out more about what it would mean for you and your business!”

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