Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) is opening its doors and inviting people to come along and find out more about what it takes to become a retained firefighter.

Retained firefighters are an integral part of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. Although not based on fire stations, they usually live or work in their local community and carry a pager, so when they get the call, they are ready to respond to any emergency. As part of the role, you will be fully trained to attend incidents and will also receive an annual wage plus additional payments for attending drill nights and incidents. On average, retained firefighters provide between 40 and 120 hours per week to serve their local community and can support with hours that suit existing employment and commitments.

Several ‘Have A Go’ days have been organised to take place throughout February and are a chance to come along and take part in a series of practical sessions, challenging yourself and taking part in the physical tests our firefighters go through.

There is also the opportunity to speak to our crews, who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about joining and working in the fire service as a retained firefighter.

Talking about the events, Sam O’Brien, Retained Watch Manager for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “As a diverse workforce, we welcome anyone interested in becoming a firefighter to our ‘Have a Go’ days to find out more about what it takes to become a firefighter and work for WFRS.
“These taster days are a great opportunity to take part in drills, ask any questions and have an informal chat to find out more.”

Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety, Andy Crump, added: “Retained firefighters are an integral part of the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. Working for the fire service is a great opportunity to develop your skills and dedicate yourself to protecting your community. The role of a firefighter is diverse and each day is different.
“If you’ve ever considered a role with the fire service, attending our taster days is a great way to get some hands on experience and find more about what the role can offer you.”

For more information, why not come along and see if you have what it takes to be extraordinary:

Saturday 2nd February – Female Have A Go day
Sunday 3rd February – LGBT Have A Go day
Friday 15th February – Female Have A Go day
Saturday 23rd February – Open for all Have A Go day

Location: Kenilworth Fire Station, 16 School Lane, Kenilworth, CV8 2GU

Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm. To book your space log onto: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/sam-obrien-17987735879