Could you be a part time firefighter?

As part of a drive to recruit part time firefighters Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is inviting members of the public to find out more about the role.

The service has made a commitment to maintain frontline services, and a number of stations are now looking for people who want to give something back to the local community by applying to be a part time, or retained duty system (RDS) firefighter.

RDS firefighters are on call in their homes or work places rather than at a fire station and need to remain within five minutes traveling distance of the fire station during their hours of declared availability. 

They can choose to provide part cover (days, nights, weekends) or full cover (approximately 24/7), with the option to work flexibly around other commitments.

Zoe Escott is an RDS firefighter with Avon Fire & Rescue Service and full time mum. She said: “This is a really great job. Not only do I get to do something I love, but it allows me to work flexibly around my children’s school hours and provide a service to the community I live in.

“There is a great sense of team work at my station and I love the adrenalin rush I get when responding to an incident, but carrying out fire safety activities is also very rewarding as I am helping to save lives.”

Avon Fire & Rescue Service is looking for RDS firefighters at 13 of its retained fire stations – Bath, Blagdon, Chew Magna, Clevedon, Nailsea, Paulton, Pill, Radstock, Thornbury, Weston-super-Mare, Winscombe, Yate and Yatton.

Anyone interested in the role would need to:

  • Live or work within five minutes of the local retained fire station;
  • Be committed, self motivated and have a desire to help the community;
  • Be available for an agreed number of hours each week, particularly during the day – but these hours can be flexible;
  • Have a good standard of fitness; and
  • Be aged 18 or over.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive Kevin Pearson said: “Retained duty firefighters make up around a third of all our fire crews, so are crucial to ensuring we can continue to provide emergency cover across the Avon area.

“Our retained firefighters provide a key role in the communities they serve and this is a very rewarding role with many benefits.”

A series of open evenings, where members of the public can find out more about life as a retained firefighter and meet crews will be taking place throughout December (see ‘Notes to editors’ for more details).

More information about becoming a retained firefighter is available by visiting the recruitment pages.

Open evenings will take place at the following locations and times:

Blagdon Fire Station, Station Road, Tuesday 20 December, 7pm-9pm

Clevedon Fire Station, Old Street, Tuesday 20 December, 7pm-9pm

Nailsea Fire Station, Pound Lane, Tuesday 20 December, 7pm-9pm

Pill Fire Station, Westward Drive, Tuesday 20 December, 7pm-9pm

Thornbury Fire Station, Gloucester Road, Thursday 8 Dececmber 6pm-9pm and Monday 12 December 7pm-9pm

Winscombe Fire Station, Sandford Road, Tuesday 20 December, 7pm-9pm

Yatton Fire Station, Rock Road, Tuesday 20 December, 7pm-9pm