19 Feb 2013 Last updated at 00:00

Can you be a retained firefighter?

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is holding information sessions for anyone interested in becoming a retained firefighter.

There are vacancies at Cowes, East Cowes, Bembridge, Freshwater and Yarmouth Fire Stations.
 
Information sessions are being held on Tuesday 26 February 2013 at Yarmouth Fire Station from 6.30pm and Saturday 2 March 2013 from 10.30am at East Cowes. Potential applicants are advised to attend one of the sessions where they will gain a valuable insight into the role of a retained firefighter.
 
Information and guidance will also be available on the recruitment process and selection tests.

Part of a team
 
The service is looking for committed individuals who want to work as part of a dedicated and friendly team providing an important service to the local community. You must be over 18 years of age, be physically fit and possess good communication skills.
 
Although no formal qualifications are required, a good standard of literacy and numeracy will need to be demonstrated. It is also a requirement to live and work close to your local fire station and obtain your employer’s consent to be released to attend operational incidents.
 
Further information and application packs available by visiting www.iwfire.org and going to 'job vacancies' or by contacting Kate Durham on 812708 or by email at kate.durham@iow.gov.uk.
 
The closing date for applications is Monday 18 March at 12pm.

Retained firefighters often work alongside their full time counterparts
Retained firefighters often work alongside their full time counterparts
Factfile
  • Retained firefighters receive an annual retainer of £2,137, rising to £2,848 on achieving competence.
 
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