Norfolk’s Fire and Rescue Service is hosting volunteer recruitment events around the county beginning at The Forum in Norwich on 11 August, Long Stratton Library on 15 August, North Walsham Library on 16 August, King’s Lynn Library on 30 August and Gorleston Library on 27 September. Volunteers are needed for duties such as Home Risk Fire Checks and community events.
Whether it’s volunteering for a few hours a month or a few hours a week, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is keen to recruit as many willing people as possible to meet its target of 45 volunteers.
As a large rural county, the fire service relies on its trained volunteers to maintain essential checks on domestic homes. The recruitment events have been set up to encourage interested members of the public to find out more about the role of a volunteer. The need to drive and have transport are the only requirements for joining.
New recruits are given induction training and ongoing training and support for topics such as safeguarding, mental health and dementia awareness.
Volunteer Kathy Lamacraft, a health and safety support officer at Norfolk County Council said: “Volunteering for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has been a great experience and confidence builder. You get to work with a great bunch of people, whilst getting the opportunity to make your local community a safer place. If you love talking to people, then this is the role for you! It’s nice to know that one day, it could be me that saved someone’s life, by providing them the advice and knowledge in what to do if they discover a fire. Fire doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to anybody, anywhere and at any time!”
Norfolk County Council’s chairman of communities, Margaret Dewsbury said: “It is reassuring to know that we have dedicated and trained volunteers who are able and willing to reach homes in rural parts of the county but we need more to meet the demand. Support from volunteers is crucial if we are to fulfil the number of checks on domestic homes across Norfolk. Recruitment roadshows will encourage potential volunteers to find out what’s involved – a social activity that makes a real difference to people’s lives.”
Roadshow will take place at the following venues:
The Forum, Norwich 10am-3pm, Thursday, 11 August
The Library, Long Stratton 10am-3pm, Monday, 15 August
The Library, North Walsham 10am-3pm, Tuesday, 16 August
The Library, King’s Lynn 10am-3pm, Tuesday, 30 August
The Library, Gorleston 10am-3pm, Tuesday, 27 August