Bill Smith and Gezza McClean

BillWilliam Smith, or Bill as he likes to be called, has been a volunteer for nine years, starting in October 2011.

Bill is part of the Post Fire Support Team (PFST) which provides an important and invaluable role within the Service.

The team attend minor domestic incidents, on the request of the Officer in Charge, and work to clean and sort out any affected areas, relieving some of the pressure from the residents.

The PFST have been called to help out at a couple of homes during Coronavirus and followed the government guidelines of social distancing rules so that they could help to clean up the properties following fires. They also wore the correct PPE to undertake this vital role which supported people in need.

Bill said: “Having a house fire occur in your home is an extremely traumatic time for everyone involved. There are lots of things to sort out and jobs to do and some people may not be able to do this for themselves. This is where we come in with our free service. We have a vehicle equipped with brushes, mops, sponges and cleaning materials and we set to work remove as much smoke damage and debris as possible for the homeowner.

Formally, Bill worked for Lookers, as a Body Shop Supervisor building commercial vehicles.

He added: “I am proud to be a part of the Post Fire Support Team for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service; it just proves that some things are free of charge and it is a pleasure to help people in their time of need.”

GezzaVolunteer Geraldine McClean, who is mostly known as Gezza within the Service, is part of the Post Fire Support Team (PFST). She became a volunteer in August 2019.

Gezza works as a domiciliary carer, when she’s not volunteering, and supports people in their own homes with all aspects of their day to day living, including social activities, personal care, and mobility and meal times.

The team attend minor domestic incidents, on the request of the Officer in Charge, and work to clean and sort out any affected areas, relieving some of the pressure from the residents.

This PFST have been called to help out at a couple of homes during Coronavirus and followed the government guidelines of social distancing rules so that they could help to clean up the properties following fires. They also wore the correct PPE to undertake this vital role which supported people in need.

She said: “I love being part of the Post Fire Support Team for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. As a mum it enables me to travel and see more of Cheshire and mix with different people outside of my social circle.”

Last updated: Friday 05 June 2020

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