Norfolk’s Fire and Rescue Service is hosting volunteer recruitment events in the next few weeks to find interested members of the public.
On Tuesday, August 30, the service will be at King’s Lynn Library from 10am to 3pm to find volunteers who could perform duties such as Home Risk Fire Checks and community events.
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.
“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.”
Whether you can volunteer for a few hours a month or a few hours a week, the fire service is keen to recruit as many willing people as possible to reach its target of 45 volunteers.
A spokesman for the council said: “As a large rural county, the fire service relies on its trained volunteers to maintain essential checks on domestic homes.
“The need to drive and have transport are the only requirements for joining.”
Training will be provided for new recruits as well as support for topics such as safeguarding, mental health and dementia awareness.
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.”
Other recruitment events will be held on Tuesday, August 16 at North Walsham Library and on Tuesday, September 27 at Gorleston Library, both from 10am to 3pm.