02:41AM, Saturday 24 May 2014
Active and practically-minded men and women are being sought to apply to become part-time firefighters.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is recruiting over-18s for the retained positions, which allows individuals to carry out the role alongside another job.
Retained firefighters are not based at a fire station but must respond to call-outs via pager so need to live or work within six minutes of Maidenhead Fire Station in Bridge Road.
Former Furze Platt Senior School pupil Steve Treacher has been a retained firefighter for two years.
The 26-year-old balances the role with his job at DNA Cycles in Maidenhead High Street.
He said: "You're not going to find anything more rewarding and satisfactory.
"It gives you a huge amount of opportunities.
"I am not going to sugarcoat it, there is always the risk you could be called out to something serious or unpleasant.
"There is a lot of hard work and you have to be prepared to do your homework because you are expected to be the same quality as the full time firefighters."
Steve, of Florence Avenue, is called out to an average of two to three jobs a week for usually no longer than a couple of hours.
He also attends regular training sessions.
Retained firefighters are paid a basic retainer plus additional fees for call outs, training and other duties such as equipment maintenance.
Applicants don't need any paper qualifications but require a good level of all-round fitness and strong communication skills.
The job is most suited to people who are self-employed or work for a community-minded employer who is happy to release them for duties.
Visit rbfrs.co.uk to apply.
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