Do you have what it takes to be a Fire and Rescue Service volunteer?

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The Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service is seeking to recruit a team of community volunteers to support its efforts to keep the island safe.

Public spirited individuals interested in making a valuable contribution to island life are being encouraged to find out more about the new roles.

The aim is to put in place volunteers to work alongside firefighters and support staff to help deliver the national priority of protecting vulnerable people.

Training and support will be provided to enable individuals to perform a range of duties, such as offering fire safety advice to householders via home visits or over the telephone.

People from all backgrounds and walks of life are encouraged to apply, whether they can devote a few hours a month to the role or offer a more significant time commitment.

Chief fire officer Kevin Groom said: ‘This is an opportunity to play a part in supporting the operation and delivery of a busy frontline emergency service.

‘We are looking for people who can utilise their existing skills for the benefit of their community.

‘Academic qualifications are not necessary, but honesty, integrity and enthusiasm are essential.

‘Candidates should have a positive and friendly approach towards the public, an ability to work in a team and be willing to learn new skills.’

He added: ‘The contribution of the community volunteers will in no way be a substitute for the work that is currently undertaken by firefighters or support staff.

‘I recently announced a reorganisation of the Isle of Man Fire and Service in line with our challenging budget target and need to focus on the provision of our core statutory functions of preventing, protecting and responding.

‘I said that we would look at new ways of maintaining our community engagement and the recruitment of volunteers is a key part of that process.’

Further information and a downloadable application form are available on the Department of Home Affairs website at www.iomfire.com or by telephoning Mrs Claire Newall on 647303.

Completed forms should be sent to Mrs C. Newall, Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service, Homefield, 88 Woodbourne Road, Douglas, IM2 3AP, marked ‘Fire and Rescue Service Volunteer’.

Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson MHK said: ‘The recruitment of community volunteers is a positive step aimed at supporting the outstanding work of the Fire and Rescue Service.

‘This is an opportunity for people to give something back to the community in a way that is not only personally rewarding, but could also help to save lives.’

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