Volunteering to fulltime firefighting

THREE Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) volunteers have progressed within the Service by successfully training to become firefighters, ready to serve the communities across Greater Manchester.  

Last month, three Stockport borough volunteers swapped their volunteer badges for full fire kit, after diligently applying themselves and passing all arduous tests to become fulltime firefighters.

Volunteer co-ordinator for Stockport borough, Donna Denston said: “Robert, Callum and Joe have been brilliant volunteers. They’ve got stuck in at a range of different events to support the service and have always given 100 per cent effort when promoting our safety messages and offering relevant advice to members of the public.

“On behalf of the volunteer’s team - we wish you all the very best of luck with your chosen career as a firefighter.”

Some of GMFRS’ volunteers have been with the service for over ten years and assist in many ways. This includes; providing support and engaging with the public at events, assisting at large scale training exercises, training cadets around the region on a weekly basis and providing pastoral care to all staff through the role of the Chaplain.

People volunteer with GMFRS for a range of reasons, which may include a lifelong interest in the fire service, wanting to give something back to the community or wanting to become a firefighter in the future. All the volunteers provide their time and support to each and every individual within the Service, without a financial reward.

So if you’re wondering whether to get stuck in with volunteering – why not? There’s plenty of valuable skills, qualifications and life experiences to gain. 

Article Published: 19/12/2018 11:36 AM