Retained firefighters needed for Longridge station

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Longridge’s retained fire station is on the lookout for new recruits to train as firefighters.

Retained firefighters often have another job and provide on-call cover from home or their place of work and respond to emergencies when their pager alerts them, so must live or work within five minutes travel time from the station on Whittingham Road.

Anyone interested in becoming a retained firefighter must be 18-years-old, but the fire service say this should not dissuade 17-year-olds from registering their interest and any recruits must first get permission from their current employer and be reasonably fit.

Retained firefighters are paid a salary dependant on the number of hours cover they provide; have access to join the New Firefighters Pension Scheme; get the opportunity to learn and develop new skills; increase confidence and self esteem; learn wider skills in dealing with people in a range of difficult or challenging situations and will get a sense of satisfaction and pride in helping people within the comunity.

For anyone interested in joining the retained service, more information can be obtained by attending Longridge fire station on a Monday evening between 7pm and 9pm.

Staff will be available to give an insight into life within the service and how to progress your interest and application forms are available on the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service website (www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk).