Campaign for retained firefighters launched in Chirk


Emily Davies

A RECRUITMENT campaign for retained firefighters has been launched in North Wales.

The initiative will include a number of open evenings, including one in Chirk on August 5, in a bid to find part-time firefighters who can help protect the local community.

Ruth Simmons, assistant chief fire officer, explained: “Retained Duty System (RDS) firefighters provide essential fire and emergency cover for their fire station’s area.

“We are looking for suitable individuals, in particular those available during the day, who can travel to their local fire station within five or six minutes of being paged for a call out.

“These people may have other roles such as builders, shopkeepers, nurses, factory workers, housewives or homeworkers during working hours but we would ask that, in addition, retained firefighters are available to attend emergency incidents as and when required.”

She continued that the service is looking for both male and female recruits over 18 years old, who can provide expertise at road, rail and aircraft accidents, plus chemical spillages, flooding, forest, heathland and mountain fires, agricultural accidents and animal rescues, as well as helping out with fire prevention events.

The Chirk event will take place from 6.30pm to 9pm at the station on Middleton Terrace.

For more information call 01745 535250 or email

All applications must be received by August 27.

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