Open day to recruit new firefighters

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The fire service will be hosting an open day for Mid Sussex residents interested in becoming retained firefighters.

The ‘have a go day’, which is being held at East Grinstead Fire Station, is set to give people an opportunity to discover what a career as a retained firefighter can offer them.

Those attending will be able to take part in some firefighting activities and use a range of equipment.

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the physical and written entry tests, look around a busy fire station and chat to current retained firefighters about their role.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Officer, Mick Langley, who oversees the fire stations in Mid Sussex, said: “For a combination of reasons recruiting new retained firefighters is an on-going challenge for us, as it is for all fire services.

“We’re really keen to reach people who have a passion to protect their community but who may not have considered being a retained firefighter before.

“The event will be very relaxed, informal and commitment-free. If you’re up for a challenge, why not come along and have a go. We’re hosting the event in East Grinstead but we are hoping to see people from right across Mid Sussex.

“Our retained firefighters are men and women who come from all walks of life and who fit being a retained firefighter around their existing jobs and commitments. Becoming a retained firefighter offers people a fantastic opportunity to give something back to their community and get paid while they are doing it.”

Retained firefighters are men and women who combine their day jobs or duties with being “on call” for the fire service, ready to respond to emergencies when they are needed.

They receive regular training to equip them with the skills to deal with fires, road traffic accidents and a wide range of other emergencies. They also play an important role in community engagement activities.

Retained firefighters receive an annual retaining fee as well as additional payments for any incidents or community safety events they attend.

The open day will run from 9am until 4pm at the fire station on London Road and is open to anyone aged 18 and over.

To book your place please email frs.stn64@westsussex.gov.uk or call 01243 752582

For more information about being a retained firefighter in West Sussex watch this short film or visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire to download the information pack.

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