RAF firefighterYou might be in luck as there’s a huge recruitment drive going on throughout North Wales right now to find new firefighters to tackle blazes during peak times.

The North Wales Fire and Rescue service is currently looking for part-time retainer crews who will be able to attend to emergency callouts and to provide “essential fire and emergency cover” to crews across the region.

After the recently extinguished Fire Brigades Union strikes which ended on July 21st, the service will be lacking in cover coming up to the busiest times of the year, most notably Christmas.

Many servicemen and women will be given leave so there will be a gap to fill and you are welcomed to do just that. In fact, if you already have a job, it’s not uncommon for employers to release you temporarily so that you may help out with civic duties.

Ruth Simmons, assistant chief fire officer, said: “We are looking for suitable individuals, in particular those available during the day, who can travel to their local fire station within five or six minutes of being paged for a call out.

“These people may have other roles such as builders, shopkeepers, nurses, factory workers, housewives or homeworkers during working hours but we would ask that, in addition, retained firefighters are available to attend emergency incidents as and when required.

“RDS firefighters provide expertise at road, rail and aircraft accidents, chemical spillages, flooding, forest, heathland and mountain fires, agricultural accidents and animal rescues. Recruits will also take part in the fire prevention work we carry out to prevent fires happening in our community.”

So, what do you need to enlist yourself as a firefighter in North Wales? You must be older than 18, relatively fit and able to pass aptitude tests. Payment-wise, you can expect monthly retaining fees as well as payment per turnout, attendance and drill nights.

Does this sound like something you’d be eager to do? Then be sure to attend an open evening, which you can by contacting North Wales Fire and Rescue on 01745 535 250 or RDSrecruitment@nwales-fireservice.org.uk.

Open evenings will be held from 6.30pm to 9pm on the following dates:


•Llangefni Fire Station, Wednesday, July 30.

•Porthmadog Fire Station, Thursday, July 31.

•Mold Fire Station, Monday, August 4.

•Chirk Fire Station, Tuesday, August 5.

•Beaumaris Fire Station, Wednesday, August 6.

•Aberdyfi Fire Station, Thursday, August 7.

•Llanfairfechan Fire Station, Monday, August 11.

•Harlech Fire Station, Tuesday, August 12.

•Betws Y Coed Fire Station, Wednesday, August 13.

•Cerrigydrudion Fire Station, Thursday, August 14.

•Abergele Fire Station, Monday, August 18.

•Abersoch Fire Station, Tuesday, August 19.

•Llanberis Fire Station , Wednesday, August 20.

•Barmouth Fire Station, Thursday, August 21.

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