Major recruitment drive for firefighters across North Wales


Mike Williams

A MASSIVE recruitment drive has been launched for firefighters across North Wales.

North Wales Fire and Rescue service is look for part-time retainer (RDS) crews, male or female, to respond to callouts and provide “essential fire and emergency cover” at stations across the region.

The campaign has been launched in the wake of several Fire Brigades Union strikes, the latest of which ended on July 21, which has seen the service’s resources pressured during important periods, including Christmas.

Ruth Simmons, assistant chief fire officer, said: “We are looking for suitable individuals, in particular those available during the day, who can travel to their local fire station within five or six minutes of being paged for a call out.

"These people may have other roles such as builders, shopkeepers, nurses, factory workers, housewives or homeworkers during working hours but we would ask that, in addition, retained firefighters are available to attend emergency incidents as and when required.”

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, possess a “good standard” of physical fitness and pass aptitude tests.

In addition to their monthly retaining fees, payments are made for turnouts, attendance and drill nights.

Ms Simmons added: “RDS firefighters provide expertise at road, rail and aircraft accidents, chemical spillages, flooding, forest, heathland and mountain fires, agricultural accidents and animal rescues.

“Recruits will also take part in the fire prevention work we carry out to prevent fires happening in our community.”

A service spokesperson said many employers in North Wales release staff to carry out firefighting and other emergency duties.

All applications must be received by August 27.

To attend an open evening, contact North Wales Fire and Rescue on 01745 535 250 or

Open evenings will be held from 6.30pm to 9pm on the following dates:

•Llangefni Fire Station, Wednesday, July 30.
•Porthmadog Fire Station, Thursday, July 31.
•Mold Fire Station, Monday, August 4.
•Chirk Fire Station, Tuesday, August 5.
•Beaumaris Fire Station, Wednesday, August 6.
•Aberdyfi Fire Station, Thursday, August 7.
•Llanfairfechan Fire Station, Monday, August 11.
•Harlech Fire Station, Tuesday, August 12.
•Betws Y Coed Fire Station, Wednesday, August 13.
•Cerrigydrudion Fire Station, Thursday, August 14.
•Abergele Fire Station, Monday, August 18.
•Abersoch Fire Station, Tuesday, August 19.
•Llanberis Fire Station , Wednesday, August 20.
•Barmouth Fire Station, Thursday, August 21. 

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