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Greater Manchester’s Fire & Rescue Service seeks volunteers

WELCOME: A volunteer dressed as the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s mascot drums up support for the service

IN A bid to increase their 350-strong base of volunteers, the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are holding a voluntary sector seminar on May 10.

The service is currently recruiting for multiple volunteers to work in four key teams - Community Wellbeing, whose mandate is to work with partners to tackle social isolation and loneliness, Community Fitness, which runs activities such as fire biking, Events and Campaigns who are essential in helping to raise awareness about keeping safe and the Volunteer Fire Cadet Instructors who deliver youth engagement projects for the GMFRS Cadet programme.

Uzma Babb, Volunteer Development Officer at the GMFRS says:

“This interactive and engaging seminar is your chance to find out about the types of schemes we offer, our recruitment and training process and to meet some of our existing volunteers.

“It’s an opportunity to get hands-on with some of our activities and to experience what we do with the people doing it.

“As the Volunteer Development Officer my role is to develop opportunities for people from all walks of life with varying skills and abilities to join the service and become part of a fantastic organisation.

“Our volunteers get involved in all sorts of activities from acting as casualties for road traffic collision exercises, role playing as shoppers at the Trafford Centre for terrorist emergency planning exercise, running a climbing wall, setting up cage football activities, helping householders clear up after a fire and even dressing up as our mascot!”

Full training, identification, uniform and on-going support is provided for people working in all roles.

The seminar will run from 10am-3.30pm on May 10 and will be held in central Manchester. For details and to register your place click here.

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