Community Volunteers are still being sought by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) to join our ranks and serve our two counties.
The service is looking for people with a wide range of life experiences who can support our protection and prevention work in local communities.
Recruitment was paused over the last two year due to the pandemic but we are delighted that we are resuming the programme – with the new recruitment drive re-launched this week. If your vision for 2022 includes making a difference to your neighbourhood with some voluntary work, joining us a community volunteer could be just what you are looking for to make a difference in a vital and dynamic life-saving service.
Challenges in the past few months include the recent storms and floods that swept across both counties and the major fire at Hoo Farm Industrial Estate in Kidderminster in December, which saw extensive numbers of fire crews and appliances deploy to this large scale incident.
Our community volunteers are people from all walks of life who want to do extraordinary things - actively supporting their local community as part of an exciting and dynamic organisation, and helping reduce the risk to the most vulnerable, especially during these difficult times.
With 25 fire stations across the two counties, from the Cotswolds to the mid-Wales border, and call outs to over 6,500 incidents a year – that’s more than 125 a week – the service tackles everything from fires to RTCs to animal rescues, making it an exciting and dynamic organization to be part of.
Caroline Webster, Senior Technician at HWFRS Prevention Department, said: “Volunteers find the experience positive and rewarding. They get involved in a wide variety of activities, including station open days, youth education initiatives, such as Crucial Crew, Young Citizens Challenge and Dying2Drive, and many other community engagement activities to showcase the vital work of HWFRS.
“Their busy programme also takes in supporting our operational crews at training exercises and at fundraising car washes.
“So if you’d like to start the new year with a renewed sense of purpose, this is the ideal moment to consider enrolling with us as a community volunteer and join the men and women from across the two counties who get a sense of satisfaction – and fun – from supporting our prevention work in the community.
“We have about 20 volunteers in the team at the moment but are always looking for more, so why not join us?
“The opportunity is open to people 18 and over who receive a DBS check. We provide full training and mentoring, with expenses provided.
“So our next community volunteer could be you!”
You still have time to apply at www.wmjobs.co.uk/job/67999/community-volunteer/ where there is a full description of the activities that Community Volunteers take on, finding themselves at the centre of the fire and protection world.
More information about the role is at www.hwfire.org.uk/join-us/volunteers.