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Could you be a Fire Service Volunteer?

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If you want to help with fire safety work in Herefordshire and Worcestershire live in the two counties, are aged 18 or over and you’re looking for a new challenge, why not consider joining our team of Community Safety Volunteers?

The Service launched its Community Safety Volunteer Programme a couple of years ago and has successfully recruited a number of volunteers who are now fully trained and assisting with a range of activities within their local communities.

Volunteers will help to support existing staff in a variety of safety initiatives, such as promoting safety awareness at local public events, accompanying crew members to carry out home safety checks and acting as casualties during operational training exercises.

Volunteering activities may take place during the day, in the evening or at weekends, and volunteers will be provided with a uniform and will receive comprehensive training for all the activities they undertake, with the opportunity to develop further skills and experience within their roles.

Julie Udall, Community Safety Advisor with HWFRS, explained: “Providing safety advice is a vital part of the Fire Service’s role in the community, and we attend many events throughout the year to promote fire, water and road safety.

She added: “Effective safety awareness can make a real difference to people’s lives and I’d urge anyone with a few hours to spare each week to consider volunteering. We particularly work with the elderly and with vulnerable people within the community. It’s rewarding work and a fantastic way of getting more involved in your local community.”

“While promoting fire safety is a key part of the role, volunteers also have the chance to get involved in a range of other activities.”

She continued “The volunteers will carry out a variety of tasks including attending Station open days or training exercises, role playing as casualties for large scale Service exercises, or assisting the Community Safety team at events where we are trying to reach our most vulnerable groups. We are looking for people from a variety of backgrounds, who have a wide range of skills and who are willing to do anything”.

CSA Julie Udall urged anyone interested in finding out more about the role of Community Safety Volunteer with HWFRS to contact her at judall@hwfire.org.uk or on 01905 368228.

The closing date for applications will be 5.00pm on Monday 2 December.