Your chance to learn about fire fighting

Firefighters rushed to Spring Lane for it to be out
Firefighters rushed to Spring Lane for it to be out

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is launching a campaign to recruit new retained firefighters and is inviting people to come and ‘have a go’ so they can find out more.

The have-a-go-day, at Horsham Fire Station, on Saturday October 24, will give people the opportunity to have a go at some fire fighting activities and use a range of equipment in a safe environment.

There will 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.

Retained firefighters are men and women who combine their day jobs or duties with being “on call” for the fire service.

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.

Lee Neale, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, who began his career as a retained firefighter, said: “Becoming a retained firefighter offers people a fantastic opportunity to give something back to their community and get paid while they are doing it.

“We’re holding the event in Horsham but we are hoping to see people from right across West Sussex.”

The have-a-go-day will run from 10am until 4pm at the Fire Station on Hurst Road. Book in advance by calling 01243 752488. Visit