Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is offering a unique opportunity to carry out rewarding voluntary work, so you can gain valuable experience while making a genuine difference to your community.
ECFRS is in need of some enthusiastic people looking for an opportunity to give something back to the community. If this sounds like you, and you’d relish the chance to undertake worthwhile work all while making friends and learning new skills then you’re perfect for our community volunteer scheme.
It’s our ambition at ECFRS to get a working smoke alarm installed in every home in the county, but there’s such a high demand that our technicians can’t do it all by themselves, and that’s why we need you.
“Our volunteers have great fun and really enjoy the work they do in the community, becoming good friends in the process” said Volunteer Scheme Development Manager Lisa Hart, “They also increase their employability by gaining confidence and developing communication, admin and ICT skills.”
As a Volunteer Home Safety Advisor, you will visit members of the public and guide them through a home safety visit, advising them of any potential hazards you can see, helping them to form a fire escape plan, and ensuring they have a working smoke alarm installed.
A variety of abilities are needed to achieve this, and the role can be tailored to suit your skills. Those with practical skills will be particularly useful when it comes to installing the smoke alarms, and those with good communication skills will be needed to educate and advise the public.
Every volunteer will receive full training over two days. There are a variety of roles available in the ECFRS Community Volunteer Scheme, so the first day of training will be general, helping you to find the one best suited to your abilities. The second day will be role-specific training ensuring you’re fully prepared to get out there and help the public.
Those undertaking the Volunteer Home Safety Advisor Role as described above will only need to be available for around half a day per week, although if work commitments make this difficult for you, there are also Community Support Volunteer roles which involve assisting at public events such as ECFRS open days, usually held on weekends or in the evening. Travel expenses will be paid.