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AT Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service there are around 400 volunteers who give up their time to help support the community.
They help the Service in many areas including helping people in the community clean-up after they have had a fire, carrying out cycle patrols looking for fire hazards, becoming cadet instructors to support young people and more general activities.
Now there’s a chance for more people to join the growing volunteering community.
If you can spare some time to support the work of the fire service, visit the website www.manchesterfire.gov.uk and see how you can lend a hand.
You can join people like Luke Stanton, who became a volunteer in 2009.
Luke said: “I applied to be a volunteer at GMFRS after taking part in a Prince’s Trust programme in Manchester and am now more confident and have lots of skills as a result.
“I give up about 50 hours a week and mostly help the Service with caged football and cadets – which I really enjoy as I’m helping other young people and hopefully reducing anti-social behaviour in Greater Manchester.
“Volunteering at GMFRS gives you the chance to do things no other volunteering opportunity does. You work alongside firefighters and the training is brilliant – including first aid studying for qualifications that can help you in your career.”
Luke Stanton, GMFRS volunteer
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Since the volunteering programme started in 2008 volunteers have donated around 200,000 hours of their own time to help us – which smashed the original target set in 2011 of reaching 100,000 hours by April 2014.
“GMFRS has created a long-lasting pathway of skills development and by joining us as a volunteer your opportunities really could be endless.”
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer you can apply until Sunday, November 30, 2014, by visiting: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/working_for_us/become_a_volunteer/apply/