On-call firefighter vacancies in West Sussex!

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is continuing its recruitment drive to boost the number of retained firefighters.


Release date: 12 April 2018

Have you ever considered becoming a retained (on-call) firefighter? Now is the perfect opportunity for you to find out more about the role!

A retained recruitment evening is being held at Lancing Fire Station on Tuesday 17th April from 7pm-9pm. The event offers people who are interested in becoming a retained firefighter the opportunity to find out what the career involves.

No appointments are necessary – please drop in to find out more.

Retained firefighters are individuals, over 18 years of age, who combine their day jobs or duties with being ‘on-call’ for the fire service, ready to respond to emergencies when they are needed. 

They receive regular training to equip them with the skills to deal with fires, road traffic accidents and a wide range of other emergencies. They also play an important role in community engagement activities.

Retained firefighters receive an annual retaining fee as well as additional payments for any incidents or community safety events they attend.

Roy Barraclough, Station Manager, said: “Retained firefighters are a vital part of our service with 14 of our fire stations being manned solely by retained crews.

“If you are interested being ‘on-call’ for the fire service and serving your local community, then Lancing’s recruitment evening will be a great opportunity for you to get an insight into the role. The crews would be delighted to meet you for an informal chat and to answer any questions that you may have.”  

For more information on being a retained firefighter in West Sussex, please download our information pack.

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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