Is there a Fire and Rescue Service Volunteer in you?

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is calling on people to become Community Volunteers and enable us to work together to make Norfolk safer.

The Service has recruited Community Volunteers for many years and currently has 28. The aim is to recruit another 20 people to assist in areas across Norfolk : Loddon, 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, Sheringham.

Community Volunteers are invaluable to the Service sharing a wealth of experience and skills to support our activities in improving the safety of people in their homes and communities.

The core part of the role is to support the work of the Community Safety Department by carrying out home fire safety check visits for older and vulnerable members of their local community.

The visits include providing advice about fire safety, making a fire plan, and checking smoke alarms. Although Community Volunteers may be involved in other activities such as Crucial Crew and community engagement events.

Not only will you be helping to make people stay safe in their homes, but you will also help the Fire and Rescue Service forge crucial links with local communities. Stuart Horth, Head of Community Safety at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, 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 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.

Volunteers need to be over the age of 18 and be able to commit to doing at least four hours a month for at least six months. All Volunteers will receive an induction into the Volunteer Programme and then receive continuous relevant training to support their activities. All the necessary equipment and reasonable travel expenses will also be provided.

Key activities:

  • Visit households as requested by NFRS to carry out home fire safety visits with the occupier, including identifying fire hazards and inspection/fitting smoke alarms.
  • Liaise regularly with the nominated person to receive details of visits to be carried out.
  • Collect necessary equipment from a specified fire station as requested.
  • Complete the relevant paperwork and return to the Service in the agreed timeframe.
  • Attend volunteer group information, training and review update sessions arranged at mutually convenient times.
  • Undertake the induction process for volunteering and any necessary training to enable you to carry out the role effectively.

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 so we are keen to build on that success by recruiting some more.

So 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.

Kathy Lamacraft, Community Volunteer, said: Since joining the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service in June 2012 my confidence has gone from strength to strength. I feel the role has given me the opportunity to rebuild my lost confidence while offering a great feeling of wellbeing and self-worth.

Not only has it given me a feeling of doing good for our community, it has developed my own personal skills in communication whilst giving me the opportunity to try something new.

Anne Leverton, Community Volunteer, said: I think that people I visit during home fire safety checks help me as much as I hopefully help them. I am used to staying in the background but when you do a home fire safety check there is no place to hide and each visit gives me a sense of achievement. Every visit brings a different story and a fresh challenge.

I have met some lovely people and look forward to doing many more checks.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is also hoping to recruit two Community Volunteer Team Leaders, one in Central and one in Western Norfolk.

They would act as a single point of contact between the Volunteers and the Service.

Further details on how to become a Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Volunteer and Team Leader are available from:

  • Telephone: 0300 1231256 (Volunteer Coordinator)
  • Email: [email protected]
  • You can also visit www.norfolkfireservice.gov.uk

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