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5/2/2013 - Fire Service volunteer recruitment drive

Volunteers are needed to spread the fire safety message and help keep Cumbria's communities safe.

Cumbria County Council's Fire and Rescue Service is looking for new faces to join its community safety team and get involved with a range of activities and initiatives around the county.

Volunteers assist the work of the Fire and Rescue Service in a variety of roles from assisting or carrying out home fire safety checks and fitting free smoke alarms to delivering Heartstart life-support courses.

They are also involved in: 

  • Assisting at events and community days.
  • Getting involved in campaigns and speaking to residents about community and road safety issues.
  • Introducing emergency plans to communities to reduce the impact of fire or flooding on peoples' lives.
  • Raising awareness of the Fire and Rescue Service at community events with Firefit activities including the climbing wall and soccer cages.

Each member of the community volunteer team is given varied training, a uniform and expenses and operates within a formal structure to ensure high standards of service are maintained.

As well as learning new skills and helping to keep the county safe, signing up as a volunteer is a good way to meet new people and give something back to the community.

Currently Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has around 80 volunteers county-wide and is looking to boost that number by taking on new volunteers.

And with there being no such thing as a regular volunteer, people from all backgrounds and ages are being encouraged to come forward and commit as little or as much time as they can spare.

Cumbria's Chief Fire Officer Dominic Harrison said: "Volunteers play a vital role in Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

"Nowadays fire prevention and educating people about the dangers of fires is a major focus of our work so our volunteers are absolutely key to enabling us to get out into communities and deliver the fire safety message that saves lives.

"Being a volunteer can be highly rewarding and it's a great opportunity to be part of our team."

Barrow-based volunteer Derek Plumb added: "I have been actively involved with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service as a community volunteer for almost two years and have carried out a variety of activities including home safety visits, fire safety talks in schools and the road awareness programme as part of the National Citizenship scheme.

"The work I have been involved in as a community volunteer has enabled me to give something back to the community and to work with members of the public in providing vital information and helping to prevent house fires, keep people safe and respond effectively to emergencies."   

Anybody interested in becoming a Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service volunteer should call 01768 812551 or email for an application pack or to find out more information.

Media enquiries to communications adviser John Ballard on 01228 221752