Much Wenlock Fire Station are Recruiting

From back left: Deputy Mayor of Much Wenlock Tim Pinches, Councillor Eric Humphries & Mayor of Much Wenlock David Gibbons. Front: Watch Manager Alistair Humphries Much Wenlock Fire Station.

Employers and local Councillors turned out today to launch the start of the Much Wenlock Fire Station recruitment campaign. Local Councillors and employers joined together along with Firefighters from the station to discuss the importance of finding new people willing, to take up the vital role of a Retained Duty System Firefighter in their community.

"The Fire and Rescue Service in Much Wenlock is a vital part of our community. They are relied upon to respond to many different types of emergencies, within the town and its surrounding area 24 hours a day 7 days a week, but without new people willing to join, we will find it increasingly difficult to provide this level of cover to the residents of the town and surrounding areas" said Much Wenlock Mayor and member of the Shropshire & Wrekin Combined Fire Authority, David Gibbon.

Town Councillor and local employer Eric Humphries echoed Councillor Gibbon's remarks. "The Fire and Rescue Service in Much Wenlock is very important to our community and it is vital that new people come forward to ensure that this important service is sustained". As a local employer who releases a member of staff from work to attend emergencies Councillor Humphries is urging local employers to think about the possibilities of allowing members of their staff to leave work to respond to incidents. "By allowing, members of staff to respond from work, they are adding as much to the safety of the town as the firefighters themselves. Without community minded local employers, it would be impossible to sustain the 24/7 cover provided by the station" he added.

The Retained Duty System Firefighter is a rewarding part-time job that serves your local community, where you could earn between £3,500 and £7,500 a year. Applicants must live, or work, within 5 minutes of Much Wenlock Fire Station.

If you are interested, or would just like to know more, a recruitment morning is being held on Saturday 21st March from 10am – 1pm at the Fire Station on Smithfield Road. During this session people will be able to speak to firefighters, look at the types of equipment used, to deal with many different types of emergencies, including fires and road accidents. There will also be the opportunity to get advice on the recruitment procedure.

"We want our workforce to represent the community it serves and would particularly like to hear from women and individuals from ethnic minorities. If you are over 18 and have a good level of fitness then we would like to hear from you" Said Officer in Charge of Much Wenlock Fire Station, Alistair Humphries.

11th March, 2009