Appeal for Prees firefighters despite station closure threat

Two recruitment sessions are being organised by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service for people who are interested in joining the existing firefighting team at Prees Fire Station.

The sessions are being held on Saturday, August 3, 10am to 1pm, and again on Wednesday,  August 14, 5.30pm to 9pm.

The station, which operates 24 hours a day, is staffed by on-call fire ighters who respond from work or home within five minutes and go to a variety of operational incidents from fires, road traffic collisions or animal rescues.

They are looking for people who can be available upwards of 84 hours a week “on call time” and attend a weekly training session at the station from 6.45pm to 9.30pm every Thursday evening.

Men and women applicants must be over 18 and have a good level of fitness. Full training is provided over 20 weeks consisting of evening and weekends. Excellent rates of remuneration are made for all activities undertaken.

The station, which recently was named as one which may have to close in the future, is currently understaffed.

Station Manager Steve Purslow, Assistant Group Commander for the area, said: “No firm decision has been made regarding the future of the station and it is business as normal for now. Our priority is maintaining a first class fire service for the people of Shropshire and making sure their nearest fire engine is always available with competent staff.”

For more information and to get an application pack, people are invited to attend the open sessions and speak to existing members of the Fire Service.
 

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