Find out how you can become a firefighter

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East Preston fire station 'have a go day' XeHp-qD_JWVxAw6sK7tS

A ‘have a go day’ is being held at East Preston Fire Station on Saturday to allow people to learn what it is like to be a retained (part-time) firefighter and to find out about signing up.

Those attending will be able to have a go at some firefighting activities and use a range of equipment in a safe environment.

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the physical and written entry tests, look around the fire station and chat to current retained firefighters about their role.Retained firefighters are men and women who combine their day jobs or duties with being ‘on call’ for the fire service, ready to respond to emergencies when they are needed.

They receive regular training to equip them with the skills to deal with fires, road traffic accidents and a wide range of other emergencies.

They also play an important role in community engagement activities.

Retained firefighters receive an annual retaining fee as well as additional payments for any incidents or community safety events they attend.

Retained Watch Manager at East Preston, Terry Matthews, said: “Our retained firefighters are men and women who come from all walks of life and who fit being a retained firefighter around their existing jobs and commitments.

“Even if you have never considered being a firefighter before, if you are up for a challenge then come along and give it a go. The event will be very relaxed, informal and commitment-free. Just come wearing comfortable clothing that is suitable for physical activity.”

The have-a-go-day will run from 10am until 2pm at the Fire Station on North Lane. It is open to anyone aged 18 and over. For more information or to book your place, email

For more information about being a retained firefighter in West Sussex watch this short film or visit the website to download the information pack.

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