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Help your community - becomeĀ a KFRS volunteer

16 March 2015

Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s (KFRS) is looking for additional enthusiastic and dedicated recruits to join its community volunteer scheme.

The recruitment drive runs to 16 April and KFRS is looking for applicants to help with a wide variety of tasks, including assisting KFRS delivery teams with their safety messages either in the home, schools or in community locations.

Sean Bone-Knell, KFRS Director of Operations said: "The KFRS volunteer network is an integral part of the Service’s efforts to achieve its goal of saving lives and reducing risk. Volunteers are a rich source of knowledge, skills and abilities and are enormously respected and appreciated throughout the organisation."

KFRS volunteers do not carry out any operational fire safety duties, but contribute their time, energy and skills to undertake a wide range of directed community safety activities, unpaid and of their own free will, on behalf of KFRS.

Roles include engaging with the community to promote safety awareness and services which the organisation offers to help protect the communities of Kent and Medway from fire, road traffic collisions and flooding.

Volunteers are also being sought to join our rapid response service, helping communities that have been affected by flooding or other emergencies that arise. Other roles will involve helping fire stations with risk reduction activities or by taking part as a casualty at operational training exercises.

In addition, candidates with relevant experience and an interest in road safety may be interested in the new volunteering opportunities that are currently being developed.

KFRS volunteers coordinator Karen Garrett said: "We would particularly like to hear from people who have a road safety, teaching or fitness backgrounds, but primarily we are looking for volunteers who are friendly, approachable, reliable, and feel they have strong communication skills to talk to members of the public and to interact with our partners. We ask our volunteers to commit a minimum of four hours each month, although if people can offer more this is appreciated.

"You will become part of a professional team, interact with people from diverse backgrounds and engage with the work that the fire service is involved in delivering."

If you are interested in applying to become a community volunteer, please contact Karen Garrett at volunteering@kent.fire-uk.org or on 01622 692121 extension 6672. Applicants have until 16 April to apply.

Information sessions will be held on Tuesday 31 March at Maidstone Fire Station at 6pm or Saturday 11 April at Canterbury Fire Station 9.30am.  

If you wish to attend, please confirm your attendance and preferred date by email to Karen Garrett.

More information is available at: www.kent.fire-uk.org/volunteers.

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