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WEST SUSSEX FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE SEEKING COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is recruiting volunteers to help support the delivery of home fire safety in Littlehampton.

A new pilot Community Volunteer Scheme is being launched this autumn to support West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s flagship home fire safety check campaign.

The role will involve delivering important fire safety leaflets to households in the Littlehampton area and carrying out follow up visits to speak to residents in person and offer those eligible a home fire safety check by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service personnel.

The Community Volunteer scheme is open to anyone over the age of 16 who can commit to a minimum of eight hours volunteering each month. Full training for the role will be given.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Volunteer Manager, Emma Francis, said:

“This is a great opportunity for people with good communication and interpersonal skills to get involved in delivering a potentially life-saving service. The volunteers will be working as part of a friendly, dedicated team and have the chance to gain new skills and knowledge.”

“This is the first time we’ve ever recruited volunteers from the community to help us carry out home fire safety. Initially, the scheme will be run as a six month pilot but if it is successful we will extend it right across the county and volunteers will be supporting fire service staff in a broader range of community safety activities.”

To find out more about becoming a Community Volunteer or for an application pack, please contact Emma Francis on 07703 886574 or email emma.francis@westsussex.gov.uk

A home fire safety check is a free service carried out by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. It involves a pre-arranged visit by a firefighter or Community Safety Advisor to a resident’s home to offer advice on how to make it safer and to fit smoke alarms where appropriate.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service prioritises those people who may be at higher risk of fire. This includes older people, those living alone, those with mobility, vision and hearing impairment and mental health service users.

For more information on home fire safety checks visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire

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