Recruitment drive for Richmond firies

Jacob and Abigail Rowland with dad Richmond Captain James and Deputy Captain Robert Duffy and his grandson Connor at the Richmond Station - Fire and Rescue NSW Open Days held at Windsor and Richmond fire stations. Picture: Geoff Jones .

Jacob and Abigail Rowland with dad Richmond Captain James and Deputy Captain Robert Duffy and his grandson Connor at the Richmond Station – Fire and Rescue NSW Open Days held at Windsor and Richmond fire stations. Picture: Geoff Jones .

Ever thought about becoming a fire fighter?

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is calling for community-minded men and women to consider joining the retained (on-call) firefighter ranks at Richmond Fire Station.

Retained firefighters are on call from home or work to respond to fires and other emergencies. There are currently vacancies for retained firefighters at Richmond Fire Station.

Captain James Rowland urged residents from all walks of life to consider becoming a retained firefighter. 

“Fire and Rescue NSW urgently need women and men with availability between 8.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday to join our retained firefighters.

“Your local fire station relies on people in the community to put their hand up to become firefighters – without that support these fire stations cannot survive,” he said.

Retained firefighters balance work and family commitments to respond to fires and other emergencies on an ‘on call’, part-time basis.

Captain Rowland said training includes advanced first aid, heavy vehicle driving, and how to deal with emergencies such as fires, road accidents and hazardous material spills. Firefighters also educate the community on fire safety and prevention.

“Retained firefighters are on call, however this does not mean that you have to be available every minute of every day,” he said.

“Sharing availability with other retained firefighters can reduce any potential impact on work and private life.”

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said retained firefighters played a critical role in the delivery of fire and emergency services across regional and rural NSW.

“You don’t need to be superman or superwoman to be a firefighter – we want people who are reliable and keen to help others, especially local residents who are available to respond to emergencies during the day,” he said.

“If you’re a local employer, think about encouraging your staff to become firefighters. Not only will you be helping the community, but your staff will be trained in a whole range of skills.”

Richmond Fire Station will be holding a recruitment information session on the 22nd of August at 1730. For more information on becoming a retained firefighter, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au or contact Richmond Fire Station.

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