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Fire volunteers needed for 'lifesaving' work
Hundreds of people – from housewives to rocket scientists – are needed to become a fire service volunteer.
The Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are on the lookout for people to give up a few hours a month and help make a “massive difference” to the community.
Roy Aldwin, who has been the volunteer manager for the fire service for four years, said there are currently 100 volunteers on board, but hopes to have 300 by next year.
He added: “The volunteers literally do lifesaving work so we are really keen to expand our base.
“They will play a very meaningful role because they play a true impact in the safety of our community.
“Most of our current volunteers have other day jobs and literally anyone can sign up, as long as you can volunteer a minimum of six hours a month.”
Working all across Hertfordshire, fire volunteers carry out free smoke alarm checks in households, as well as delivering fire safety advice.
They will also participate in arson patrols, where they visit the scene of a fire to determine how another blaze can be avoided.
48-year-old Mr Aldwin added that volunteers are not asked to carry out night shifts or attend road traffic collisions or fires.
He added: “Fire volunteers can be 18 and there is no upper age limit. They will receive full training and go on a first aid course.
“Last year volunteers contributed ten thousand hours to volunteering – I hope this figure will be up by next year because they have made a massive difference.”