Retained firefighters needed in Hayling Island

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HAMPSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service is looking for more retained crew members.

The recruits are needed on Hayling Island and will deal with everything from fires and road accidents, to floods and community work.

Retained firefighters provide an on-call part-time service.

Mark Pannell, the officer in charge at the station, said: ‘They are a key part of the fire and rescue service in Hampshire and they come from a cross-section of our community.

‘They are trained and paid, and do the same job as whole time firefighters.

‘Being a retained firefighter is not just about attending incidents whenever you’re required, it’s about teamwork and helping the local community. These are ordinary people doing an extraordinary job.’

The station is looking to recruit new firefighters who are available during week days. For example, people who are employed locally and can be released to respond to incidents during their working day or those who can provide cover during the day and also weekends.

Applicants must work within four minutes of the fire station.

They are expected to attend training sessions one night per week. They receive a retaining fee and additional payments are made for any courses or incidents they attend.

To find out more visit the station, in Elm Grove, on a Monday evening between 7pm and 9pm or call 07918 888195.