Fire service calls for all would-be retained firefighters to come and Have-a-Go


Release date: 31 May 2017

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is continuing its retained firefighter recruitment drive this summer with a second Have-a-Go Day, to be held at Chichester Fire Station on Saturday 24th June from 10:00-15:00.

This event is part of a series of Have-a-Go events that WSFRS is staging across the county in 2017.

Retained firefighters – members of the community who are on-call to respond to incidents as needed – solely staff 14 of WSFRS’s 25 stations and support wholetime crews at a further nine stations. Put simply, the fire service couldn’t provide the service they do without them.

Gary Locker, WSFRS Western Group Commander, said; “We are working very hard to stem the gap we currently have in terms of our retained firefighter numbers. Our current crews do an absolutely superb job but they need more colleagues.

“Our Have-a-Go days aim to give people a chance to ask questions of current retained firefighters, to try some of the physical tests and to use some of the equipment involved in the recruitment process. If you’ve ever been curious to find out more about retained firefighting, or know someone else that may be interested, please drop in at any time from 10am-3pm on 24th June, we’d be delighted to see you there.”

The day will be held at Chichester Fire Station, however the event is open to anyone so please join us wherever you may live.

Further information is available at: If you have any questions about the event please contact

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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