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Retained firefighters come from 'all walks of life'

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.

– Jon Hall, Chief Fire Officer, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service

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.”

– Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety

Find out more about becoming part-time firefighter in Gloucestershire

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.

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Part-time firefighters needed in Gloucestershire

West Country firefighters called to an incident. Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Full report: Fire service cuts

The Fire Brigade Union is warning tonight that proposed cuts are the 'most savage ever' and could put public safety at risk.

Today the Devon and Somerset Fire Service revealed that it was facing a 3.4 million pound reduction in its grant from Government this year - with a further reduction of more than 2 million pounds next year. Watch Jacquie Bird's report below.

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