Record number of volunteers join training...
(1st May 2012)
A record-breaking number of volunteers joined a training course at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) in April.
An amazing 30 volunteers took part in the four-day induction at Longfield training and development centre in Stevenage - making this the largest course run in the four-year history of the HFRS volunteer scheme.
The group, which included 23 fire safety community volunteers and seven Trading
Standards volunteers, learned everything from the structure of the fire service, to
community safety, diversity, fire behaviour and first aid.
Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher said: “Our volunteers work across the whole county
making a valuable contribution to their local community. Involving local people in our
work has proved to be an effective way of getting important safety information into the
heart of our community.
“With volunteers helping at public events, advising local people about fire safety and Trading Standards issues, our capacity to make a difference in the community gets a real boost. I am extremely grateful to all of our volunteers who give up their own time to make Hertfordshire an ever safer place.”
The fire safety community volunteer scheme was launched in January 2008 and now has around 100 volunteers across the county, each contributing a few hours a month raising awareness of fire safety and delivering community safety initiatives in their local area.
The Trading Standards volunteer scheme launched last November and now has 13
volunteers trained in consumer law ready to offer support and advice to people in their
communities, visiting areas where there have been reports of rogue doorstep trading,
supporting Trading Standards officers to protect local communities.
Across the county, 60 volunteers have had additional training as ‘resilience volunteers’, ready to help in case of civil emergencies, for example supporting staff at emergency reception centres.
Volunteer recruitment is on-going. If you're interested, visit www.hertsdirect.org and search 'Fire volunteers' or contact Herts Fire & Rescue Service outreach and volunteer manager Roy Aldwin for more information or to request an application pack, email; email@example.com or phone 07801 703965.
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