Appeal for more on-call firefighters in Hampshire

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More on-call firefighters are urgently needed in Hampshire. The fire service is looking to recruit and train more retained staff. It says it's not just looking for people who can extinguish fires or cut motorists out of cars, firefighters need to be able to engage with the community and help promote vital safety messages too.

The fire and rescue service deals with everything from flooding and chemical spills to animal rescue and falls prevention. To qualify as a retained firefighter you must live or work close to a station and be able to attend a three hour training session one evening a week. The service is particularly keen to hear from people who are available to respond from their home or workplace during weekdays.

Retained crews can also be involved in the co-responder scheme which is run with South Central Ambulance Service and provides medical care to thousands of people every year.

A HFRS spokesman said: “We are looking for people from all walks of life who are passionate about keeping the communities of the county safe. You may well have the skills we need and not even know it. Perhaps you are good at getting your message across or find it easy to talk to the public.”

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