Open day recruitment drive

Fire service holding information days to recruit new retained firefighters. Featherstone fire station.'left - right, Darren Edwards, Craig Roberts, Jane Lingard, Stuart Brook, Adam Smith
Fire service holding information days to recruit new retained firefighters. Featherstone fire station.'left - right, Darren Edwards, Craig Roberts, Jane Lingard, Stuart Brook, Adam Smith

An open day to encourage people to sign up as on-call firefighters takes place at Featherstone Fire Station on Saturday.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service wants to recruit more part-time firefighters, who are paid to provide cover on a standby system, sometimes as a second job.

They must live or work within one mile of the fire station, or be able to reach the station within five minutes of receiving a call, and can offer day or night-time cover from home or work, up to 100 hours a week, as well as attending a daily training session.

Steve Rhodes, area manager service support, said: “This is a very exciting job which requires a big commitement from you and your family.

“It is a very demanding role – both physically and on your time – and you will attend anything from road traffic collisions to moorland fires, but ultimately the satisfaction of serving your community makes it extremely worthwhile.”

The open day takes place at the Andrew Street station on Saturday April 20, with two sessions running from 10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm. Visit www.westyorkshirefire.gov.uk to find out more.

Featherstone firefighters, from left, Darren Edwards, Craig Roberts, Jane Lingard, Stuart Brook, Adam Smith at the station. P273a316