Warwickshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service are urging members of the local community to step up to the challenge to become retained firefighters.
Although not based on fire stations, retained firefighters usually live or work in their local community and carry a pager, so when they get the call, they are ready to respond to any emergency.
Currently, there are over 100 retained firefighters in Warwickshire, responding to the call to keep our communities safe. However, many more are needed, to provide cover at our retained stations during the day, nights and weekends.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service's Retained Duty Systems Liaison Officer, Andrew Goodman said:
"Retained firefighters play a vital role in keeping communities safer. At present we really need more people to come forward to provide cover in the day time, especially in more rural areas of the county.
"We are we are looking to recruit people from all walks of life. No previous experience is needed, but common sense, self-motivation, compassion and the ability to work as part of a team is essential. You must also live or work within five minutes travel time of your nearest fire station and be over 18.
"The job is challenging, but it is also one of the most rewarding careers you will ever have!"
Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Councillor John Horner said:
"Being a retained firefighter means that you will not only play a crucial role within your local community, but you also provide an operational response across the county, as part of a team ready to respond to any call.
"If you are considering becoming a retained firefighter or if you are a local business thinking about releasing staff, then there is no better time to step forward and find out what it would mean for you and your business!"
If you are up for the challenge and are looking to play a key role in the safety of your community, then why not come along to one of our information events:
Saturday 7 November 2015: Stratford Fire Station: 10am to 12pm. Wednesday 11 November 2015: Wellesbourne Fire Station: 6.30 to 8.30pm Wednesday 18 November 2015: Henley Fire Station: 6.30 - 8.30pm
If you would like to attend, then please call Leeanna Kostka, on 01926 852223 to register your interest.