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St John Ambulance appeal for Cumbrian volunteers

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The first aid charity, the St John Ambulance is looking to recruit more volunteers from Cumbria.

Teams attend events like the Cumberland Show and Kendal Calling, but also respond to developing emergencies.

In December, they were part of the emergency response to the Cumbrian floods and worked along side the NHS ambulances.

They're now looking for more people to sign-up as volunteers, as a number of vacancies have become available.

Volunteers will be given full training and can work in different sectors like first aid, leadership and event safety.

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Dumfries doctors' recruitment rap

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A group of junior doctors who started their careers in Dumfries have written and starred in their own recruitment rap to encourage other medics to work in the town.

In a spoof of rapper Jay Z's hit 99 Problems, they penned their own version called "99 Problems (but Dumfries ain't one!)

Since it was uploaded the video has proved something of a hit being viewed thousands of times on YouTube.

While the doctors have now moved on to work in Glasgow, they're keen to promote Dumfries and Galloway as a good place for medical staff to work.

"Dumfries and Galloway was a fantastic place to begin our careers as doctors and we just wanted to celebrate that and give people a little flavour of what life is like down here.

"If the film encourages even one person to come down and experience working with NHS Dumfries and Galloway then we'd be delighted as we can guarantee they'll have a great time surrounded by excellent colleagues. "

– Dr Mark Goddard (rapper)

Open days to find new on-call firefighters

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Open days are being held across Cumbria to recruit new on-call firefighters.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service needs additional firefighters in Bootle, Coniston, Grange, Lazonby, Longtown, Penrith, Ambleside, Appleby, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe, Shap, Staveley, Maryport and Silloth.

The Service says it's looking for men and women from all different backgrounds who are fit, healthy, up for a challenge and prepared to commit to the role.

Call rates vary from fire station to fire station, with some of Cumbria’s on-call stations responding to over 200 calls a year and others as few as 15.

On-call firefighters will be expected to attend a two-hour training session at their fire station each week plus additional core training courses in order to maintain operational skills.

The nature of the on-call duty system means firefighters need to live or work within five minutes of their station so they can respond to emergency calls. On-call firefighters are contracted to provide an agreed number of ‘availability’ hours and only attend the fire station when they have received an emergency callout.

Open days, where those potentially interested in becoming on-call firefighters can visit their station to find out more about what the role involves, are taking place on the following dates.

  • Bootle - Saturday 25 April 10am-1pm
  • Coniston - Monday 27 April 4pm-7pm
  • Grange - Wednesday 22 April 4pm-7pm
  • Longtown - Tuesday 14 April 11am-2pm and Tuesday 5 May 4pm-6pm
  • Ambleside - Saturday 18 April 11am-2pm and Wednesday 29 April 4pm-7pm
  • Appleby - Wednesday 15 April 4pm-7pm and Sunday 26 April 11am-2pm
  • Kirkby Lonsdale - Tuesday 14 April 2.30pm-6pm and Monday 20 April 10am-1pm
  • Milnthorpe - Monday 13 April 4pm-7pm and Saturday 2 May 11am-2pm
  • Shap - Monday 13 April 4pm-7pm and Saturday 25 April 11am-2pm
  • Maryport - Wednesday 22 April 11am-2pm and Tuesday 28 April 4pm-6pm
  • Silloth - Thursday 23 April 4pm-6pm and Thursday 30 April 11am-2pm

Shortage of retained firefighters in Cumbria

Cumbria Fire and Rescue is looking for more on-call firefighters. The service has an ongoing recruitment drive but is currently focussing on Shap and Silloth. Kate Farrance, who has three young children and a part-time job, recently signed up as a retained firefighter in Appleby.

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Call for more retained firefighters in Cumbria

Cumbria Fire and Rescue is looking for more on-call firefighters.

The service has an on-going recruitment drive which is currently focussed on Shap and Silloth.

Kate Farrance, who has three young children and a part-time job, recently signed up as a retained firefighter in Appleby.

She told ITV Border it has been a rewarding job:

How to join the NHS Trust

Members of the public are being urged to help represent the views of local people by joining the North Cumbria Hospital Trust.

People from North Cumbria are being given the chance to find out more about becoming Governors at their local hospital.

The deadline for registering as a member of the NHS Trust is looming - interested candidates have until Thursday (17th January) to put their name forward. Elections will then take place.

Details on how to apply can be found below:

Membership is open to anyone aged 12 or over and it's free.

You can contact the Foundation Membership Team on: 0800 085 5950 or e-mail: foundation@northumbria.nhs.uk

Potential members can click here to sign up.

For more information about becoming a governor please click here.

Public urged to join local NHS trust

Members of the public are being urged to help represent the views of local people by joining the North Cumbria Hospital Trust.

People from North Cumbria are being given the chance to find out more about becoming Governors at their local hospital.

Governors carry out roles which involve shaping the future of hospital services in the region.

Anyone interested in becoming a Governor must join the NHS Trust first, before putting themselves forward for the role.