Local heroes wanted in West Sussex

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You might spend your days cleaning windows, working in an office or being a stay at home parent, but have you ever thought about adding fighting fires to your CV?

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is on the look out for new retained firefighters for a number of its county fire stations including Henfield, Billinshurst and Storrington.

Retained firefighters are men and women from all walks of life who combine their day jobs and duties with being “on call” as a firefighter, ready to respond to emergencies when their alerter goes off. Retained firefighters are the backbone of the Fire and Rescue Service and fully crew 14 of the 25 of the county’s fire stations.

Retained firefighters respond to a whole range of emergencies including fires, floods, road traffic collisions and animal rescues.

Rob Baker-Johnson, Retained Liaison Officer for Crawley and Mid Sussex, said: “Retained firefighters are ordinary men and women who do an extraordinary job for the Fire & Rescue Service and are integral to keeping their local fire station crewed.

“We are now looking for new retained firefighters to join our retained teams at fire stations across West Sussex. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. You just need to live or work within 4 minutes of the fire station, be over 18 and have a good level of physical fitness.

“If you would like a good extra income, want to experience the thrill of helping others and be part of a highly trained, close-knit and dedicated team, then we’d love to hear from you.”

If you think you have what it takes for this challenging but rewarding career then visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire for details of entry standards, types of cover and the application process or call the Contact Centre on 01243 642134.