If you've ever thought about becoming a firefighter, now's your chance with Fire and Rescue Gloucester looking for new recruits.
It's a position that brings a lot of satisfaction and keeps people involved, as long serving member of the team 303 Gloucester Fire Station, deputy captain Michael Fenning can attest to.
"I've been with Fire and Rescue NSW for nearly 14 years," Michael said. "I love the role because it can be very challenging, yet very rewarding."
Fire and Rescue NSW employs around 3500 highly trained, professional, on-call firefighters throughout the State who respond to emergencies and share a commitment to helping their community. And it's that desire to help others that drives people to put their hand up to be a part of the crew.
"Right now, we're looking for firefighters at Gloucester Fire Station," he said. "We currently have several positions vacant."
"Our firefighters are a diverse group of men and women who balance other work, study and family commitments, while enjoying being part of a team and working with people and other emergency services."
The station prides itself on its high standard of response to fires and emergency situations in town.
"All of our firefighters use specialised vehicles and equipment to prevent and reduce the risk of fire and potential loss to life and property, and they work closely with the local community to increase fire safety awareness and promote fire prevention," Michael explained.
"If responding to fires and a variety of emergency incidents in your local community sounds like it could be of interest to you, get in touch with us."
The role offers a paid monthly retainer, a paid hourly rate while at incidents, paid training while obtaining nationally accredited qualifications, including fire fighting, first aid and rescue and the opportunity to work within a world class emergency service organisation.
Requirements for those interested in joining the crew include:
* the ability to pass a medical, drug and alcohol test;
* the ability to pass criminal history check;
* the ability to maintain fitness levels;
* the ability to work in a team environment and in high stress situations;
* a NSW Driver's Licence (green Ps and above);
* must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen; and
* live and work in a close proximity to the fire station with daytime availability.
Anyone who is interested can go visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au or contact the station on 6558 1703 for more information.