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Give your time this festive season!

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is currently looking to add to its successful Community Safety Volunteer Programme this festive season. If you want the opportunity to give back this Christmas and beyond then consider helping out your local Fire Service as a community volunteer.

If you live in Herefordshire or Worcestershire, you're aged 18 or over and you are looking for a new challenge and way to give back in the future, then why not sign up to receive more information on the exciting volunteer scheme we have operating in your community.

You can register your interest all year round, but if you would like to become a service volunteer NOW make sure you register your application before Friday 9 December 2016.

Becoming a HWFRS volunteer enables you to make a difference in the local community; challenge yourself; gain experience; learn lifesaving skills for the future; meet the heroes of the service by getting up close and personal with Firefighters.

The service annually recognises Service Volunteers with special awards such as the High Sheriff's award for the outstanding service volunteer award that was presented to Edward Cheshire for his outstanding dedication and support to the HWFRS. Further to this award, multiple volunteers were awarded the Chairman's Certificate of Commendation for their continued support of the Dying 2 Drive initiative that has engaged more than 1,500 young people in Herefordshire this year alone.

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Community volunteers get full training and can really make a difference to various people's lives whilst gaining experience and participating in various activities 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.

Becky Valender, Senior Community Risk technician explained: "Providing safety advice is an integral part of the Fire Service's role in the community, we attend hundreds of events throughout the year to promote fire, water and road safety."

She continued: "Volunteers get to work side by side with firefighters on training exercises, open days, home safety checks and local public events. I would urge anyone with a few hours spare each week to consider getting involved in the hugely rewarding integral work of the Fire Service Volunteers."

To find out more about the role of Community Safety Volunteers please call 0800 032 1155 or email volunteer@hwfire.org.uk.