Newport needs you

Watch Manager Adam Matthews with fire kit ready for Newport’s new recruits

Newport needs new firefighters ready to turn out to answer emergency callouts in and around the town.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking for men and women to join the team of skilled firefighters at Newport Fire Station who answer about 150 calls each year to deal with house fires, road crashes, and a wide range of other incidents.

A recruitment morning is being held at the Salters Lane station on Saturday, April 14 from 9am to 1pm with the aim of recruiting new retained fire fighters for the town.

Firefighter numbers in Newport have fallen dramatically from 19 to 13 due to the retirement over the past six months of long serving firefighters.

There will be displays of equipment and information on the application, recruitment and training processes that any applicant will need to complete.

Watch Manager Adam Matthews, Officer in Charge of the station said: “We are hoping to get a high response. We are down on staff numbers able to respond to emergency calls on the fire appliance during weekdays between 8am and 6pm and would welcome applications from anyone who can cover these hours.

“If you live or work within five minutes of Newport Fire Station, are over 18, and looking for an exciting spare time opportunity, the Retained Fire Service may be for you.”

Poster and flyers advertising the event are being placed around the town.

Interested applicants can get their questions answered and pick up an application form at the open day. More information about the fire service is also available on this website.

Newport firefighters work for local employers who allow them to answer emergency calls to protect people and property in the area.

2nd April, 2012