Recruitment drive launched for Fire Safety Volunteers

Friday, 18th April 2014

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of volunteers it has across the county.

The Service is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working people who enjoy both face to face and written communication to become Fire Safety Volunteers. Those who take up the prestigious position will support the Prevent and Response teams in their vital role, working with private sector businesses.

They will be involved in highlighting potential hazards at commercial premises and then flagging them up to the Risk Reduction and Fire Safety teams. They will also be the face of the Service, promoting its safety messages and handing out information at business and community events.

The volunteers will be tasked with gathering feedback from private firms following incidents to which Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has responded.

Another part of their role will be to identify businesses that might be at risk of becoming the victim of a blaze and offering the relevant information and advice before an emergency occurs.

Successful applicants must commit to a minimum of eight hours every month. In return for their time, they will be given an induction and on the job training along with any relevant study and development opportunities.
Three dedicated Volunteer Coordinators – one each for the north, east and west of the county –will offer support. Volunteers will be reimbursed for expenses incurred while representing the Service.

Community Safety Lead Stephanie Court said: “We have a really strong and dedicated group of around 65 volunteers who are doing a first class job in promoting and supporting the work of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. We now want to add to our existing network and are keen to hear from people who fit the bill.

“There are so many benefits of becoming a volunteer with the Service including improving your CV, gaining new skills and boosting your confidence. Fire Safety Volunteers also play a major part in safeguarding jobs within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent by working closely with local businesses so that they are aware of, and can protect themselves against, potential fire risks. And, even more importantly, their input could also save lives.”

To apply to become a Fire Safety Volunteer visit or for more information contact:

• East Staffordshire – Michelle Thompson on 01785 898920 (Mon/Wed/Fri)
• West Staffordshire – Jonathan Barton on 01785 898745 (Mon-Fri)
• North Staffordshire – Lisa Oliver 01785 898764 (Mon/Tue/Fri)