Campaign launched to recruit new Norfolk fire safety volunteers

Fire engine
Fire engine

People in communities across Norfolk are being urged to step forward and become community volunteers in a new initiative launched by county fire service chiefs.

The brigade currently has 28 community volunteers working and officials are hoping to recruit another 20 during the campaign, which was launched this week.

Areas being targeted for new recruits include SLoddon, Harleston, Diss, East Harling, Attleborough, Watton, Hingham, Swaffham, Methwold, Outwell, West Walton, Terrington St Clement, Heacham, Hunstanton, Massingham, Fakenham, Wells, Reepham, North Walsham, Stalham, Wroxham, Martham, Wymondham, Aylsham and Sheringham..

The service also wants to recruit two team leaders, for the central and western areas of the county, to act as a liaison between volunteers and the fire service itself.

Volunteers’ main duties include carrying out home fire safety checks and fitting smoke alarms in residents’ homes, collecting equipment from fire stations and undertaking regular training.

They may also take part in other community activities, such as the regular Crucial Crew sessions aimed at schoolchildren.

Stuart Horth, the brigade’s head of community safety, said: “We are looking for people who have some spare time to give something back to the area where they live while helping save lives at the same time.

“We are committed to keeping Norfolk as a safe place to work and live.

“The work of volunteers, by carrying out home fire safety checks, are a pivotal part of protecting people from the risk of fire in their homes.

“We have worked with volunteers for many years and they are a huge asset to the service, but the numbers have dropped recently so now is a good time to have a recruitment drive.”

The scheme is open to anyone aged 18 or over who can contribute at least four hours per month for six months.

Paul Smyth, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s communities committee, said: “Volunteers have played an important role in the service over a number of years and we are keen to build on that success.

“I would encourage anyone thinking of doing voluntary work to consider volunteering with the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service. Please get in touch, without obligation, to find out more.”

More details can be obtained by emailing hq@fire.norfolk.gov.uk or phoning the service’s volunteer co-ordinator on 0300 1231256.