Friday, 18 April 2014

Retained firefighters recruitment drive begins


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is beginning a new drive to recruit retained firefighters.  Retained firefighters have to carry alerters when on duty and need to be at the Fire Station and ready to turn out within 5 minutes of the alerter sounding, travelling at normal road speeds, typically from home or their place of work.

The stations currently recruiting are:
Barcombe
Battle
Burwash
Forest Row
Hailsham
Heathfield
Herstmonceux
Lewes
Mayfield
Pevensey
Rye
Wadhurst

Retained Duty System (RDS) Firefighters are ordinary people that combine their day jobs with being on call for Fire and Rescue situations and emergencies. When the call comes in, they drop what they are doing and become part of the East Sussex Fire & Rescue team. It's a huge commitment, but an immensely rewarding way to serve the community, keep the public safe and earn an extra income. 

RDS Firefighters are paid an annual Retaining Fee of up to £2,877, plus an hourly rate of up to £13.14 for any work undertaken for the Service, including responding to incidents and training. Your annual earnings will depend largely on how much cover you can offer and how often you get called out.

Find out more on our recruitment website:  www.eastsussexretained.co.uk

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