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The fire at the Polish church on Cheltenham Road in Bristol today is thought to have been caused by candles.
Around 30 firefighters worked to bring the fire under control.
Katie Rowlett reports.
A priest and his sister are being treated for smoke inhalation after fire badly damaged a church in Bristol.
The blaze at the Polish Church on Cheltenham Road spread to the roof and was caused by candles.
Russell Bennett is from Avon Fire & Rescue Service...
Part of the inside and the roof of the Polish Church on the Gloucester Road in Bristol have been damaged by fire.
Firefighters say it's thought the blaze, which caused by candles, was accidental.
A man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
A fire has broken out at the Polish Church on Gloucester Road, Bristol. No one is reported to be injured. The A38 (Cheltenham Road) is closed in both directions between Cotham Row and Upper York Street as a result.
The only requirements for applicants are that they must be of a minimum age of 18, reasonably fit and healthy and live or work within five minutes of their local fire station.
“We welcome enquiries from all sections of the community and the successful applicants will be paid a monthly retainer fee plus additional for call outs. It’s also a chance to become a crucial member of a highly trained and tight-knit team.
Retained firefighters help save lives by attending emergencies, including fighting fires, chemical spills, road traffic accidents and animal rescues. They are also trained in specialist skills such as cliff and water rescue and breathing apparatus support and can be called upon to provide these skills at major incidents anywhere in the county.
Being a retained firefighter is one of the most exciting and rewarding jobs you can do and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service couldn't operate without their dedication and commitment.
It’s such a valuable service to provide to your local community and I would encourage people to apply if they feel it’s a commitment they could make.”
Five fire stations in Gloucestershire are recruiting retained part-time firefighters.
Each station is holding an open evening for people interested in signing up:
- Stroud Fire Station on 17th June
- Painswick Fire Station on 18th June
- Dursley Fire Station on 19th June
- Chipping Campden Fire Station on 24th June
- Wotton-under-Edge Fire Station on 25th June
The open evenings will be held between 6.30pm and 9.00pm.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment campaign for retained part-time firefighters.
These are men and women who combine their day jobs and duties with being “on call” as a fully qualified firefighter.
They provide around 80% of the county's total fire cover.
Retained duty fire fighters are “on call” from home or work rather than on duty at a station and retained stations respond to emergencies 24 hours a day.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has produced a video to show in schools to warn young people of the dangers of making hoax calls.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service has made savings by halving the number of hoax calls it attends. It's a result of campaigns in schools and high profile convictions.
They were having to respond to more than four hoax calls a week, putting lives at risk and wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds.