More retained firefighters recruited

Northumberland has received a safety boost following the recruitment of 10 additional retained firefighters.

Tuesday, 26th December 2017, 6:48 am
Additional retained firefighters have been recruited by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

They have completed their initial training and will be providing cover from Berwick, Seahouses, Alnwick, Haltwhistle, Rothbury, Berwick, Allendale, Prudhoe and Ponteland stations.

Coun John Riddle, cabinet member for planning and resilience, said: “These new retained firefighters will help provide a first class service everyone can be proud of.”

“This recruitment drive will improve the overall availability of appliances meaning the county has first class fire protection and resilience, while the retained firefighters will also support community safety initiatives within their area.”

He said meeting with firefighters in Prudhoe helped convince him of the need for the new recruits.

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“Many people who are put off by the prospect of signing up, but those who made the commitment also told me how rewarding it was,” he said.

“The training, the camaraderie, the opportunity to give something back to the local community were all factors which made the challenging job worthwhile for many.

Anyone with an interest in becoming a retained firefighter is encouraged to get in touch with the council to learn more about the role of the Retained/On Call firefighter.