Safeguarding and summer fun as a Fire Service Volunteer
For Hereford-based nurse Bex Haywood-Tibbetts, who has worked in the NHS for 31 years, the important safety messages of the Fire and Rescue Service fit well with the role she fulfils in her career.
“I work in safeguarding and work with GPs so I can promote the benefits of the Service’s Safe and Well visits to them,” she said.
“In the volunteer role, it’s about selling the message so, as well as Safe and Well visits, I can also raise awareness of other dangers, such as hoarding.”
Bex, who lives in north Herefordshire and is a mother of twin daughters, decided to get involved with volunteering with the fire service last summer after seeing an advert.
“I work full-time but I can give my time at weekends and when I am on leave,” she said.
“It’s a very varied role and I have been involved in a lot of different things.
“I have taken part in fire station open days where I helped to demonstrate the smoke house, attended a family fun day at Bulmers in Hereford and been involved in the fire service’s annual service exercise which took place over at Kidderminster in October.
“I helped out at Malvern Pride and with a car wash on a lovely, hot day at Kingsland Fire Station where we raised funds for the Fire Fighters Charity. I was even part of the winning Kingsland firefighters team in a tug-of-war competition at the annual fete in Aymestrey.”
For Bex, her experience as a volunteer has been a very positive one and it’s something she would not hesitate to recommend to others.
“You do lots of different things and it’s about putting something back into the community,” she said. “But it’s also a lot of fun, too, and I’m really looking forward to when activities start again in the New Year.”
If you have any specific queries, please email the Volunteer Coordinators at HWFRS.