Firefighter Retained Duty System

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Retained Firefighter Keith Robinson

If you live within five minutes of your local Retained fire station, are over 18 and looking for an exciting spare time opportunity, the Retained Fire Service may be for you.

Whatever your strengths we will bring them out.

We are looking for men and women to join the teams of firefighters in Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. With excellent rates of pay for training and emergency call outs, plus an annual retaining fee, it’s well worth your while.

Who knows - you too could help us put Shropshire’s Safety First.

Shropshire’s Retained Duty System Firefighters provide essential fire cover in the county with 324* Firefighters. Of Shropshire’s 23 fire stations, 19 are crewed solely by retained personnel, with further retained crews operating from 3 of the 4 predominantly shift crewed stations.

80% of Shropshire’s front line appliances are staffed by retained duty system Firefighters and 80% of Shropshire’s landmass is covered by them.

RDS are skilled individuals who do ordinary jobs and offer evening, daytime and/or weekend cover. They are ready to go out to a call the moment a message comes through to their pager. They could be at home, working for themselves or for a company. They work effectively as part of a team using the latest equipment methods and techniques to undertake a wide range of duties including attending property fires, grass and farmland fires, road traffic collisions, chemical spills, animal rescues, floods and storm damage.

RDS are also actively involved in the prevention of fire, particularly in the home. They undertake home fire safety risk assessments offering free advice to occupiers on how to eliminate, or where this is not possible, reduce the risk of fire. This may involve the fitting of smoke alarms.

RDS agree to be available for cover for a certain number of hours per week, they carry a pager and must be able to get to the fire station within 5 minutes of a call during their available hours. Many RDS respond to emergency calls from work and once their pager goes off they respond to the station to deal with the incident.

Their role calls for courage, determination, self motivation and above all a desire to service the community in which they live and work.

Preparatory Fitness Programme

For information and guidance about fitness preparation for RDS recruits please visit the FireFit Steering Group website. Here you will find a downloadable handout - Preparatory Fitness Programme - in the 'Health and Fitness Handouts' section.

"This handout is designed to provide GENERAL GUIDELINES on physical preparation for applicants intending to undertake the National Firefighter Selection Tests (NFSTs). It is important to note that good exercise training advice should be highly specific to you as an individual, and will depend upon your general health, age, current fitness level, previous training history, lifestyle and ultimate fitness goals."

*RDS employee figures as of 10 June 2008.

Further information

Human Resources Department

Telephone: 01743 260 200