News for Volunteers

This page contains news for volunteers within Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service:

Recruitment of Volunteers

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently recruiting volunteers.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please read the following page and then complete the application form: Become a volunteer

Could you be a Post Fire Support Team volunteer?

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is actively seeking Post Fire Support Team (PFST) volunteers for their award winning, after fire clean up Service.

Do you or anyone you know want to make a difference to the life of another person who has found themselves in temporary difficulties, as an offer of a helping hand or someone to listen can make all the difference.

About the Post Fire Support Team

The Post Fire Support Team was created as a response to requests from operational staff, that a clean-up service would be beneficial for residents.

Aim of the Post Fire Support Team

  • To provide practical support and fire safety advice to the families and individuals who are involved in minor domestic fires, where the fire service has been called and the premises is deemed habitable.

  • To clean the affected area of excess water and smoke damage.

  • To ensure that the area is safe for continued domestic use.

  • To respond effectively and within a reasonable time after being contacted by Control.

Who is the service for?

  • This service is provided free of charge, to anyone involved in a minor domestic fire.

  • This is not a compulsory service and people can refuse it.

Where does the service cover?

  • It is a 24 hour response service covering the whole of Cheshire, including Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Warrington and Halton.

How is the service operated?

  • The service itself is run and crewed entirely by volunteers, who give up their time for free. The volunteers are provided with equipment and training for the role.

  • Control activate the PFST by offering the service to the Officer In Charge (OIC), following a minor domestic fire. When required, Control page the PFST and they will attend the incident within a reasonable time.

What type of incident will the team respond to?

The below scenario provides an example of the types of incident that the team will respond to, as well as the limitations of the team:

Minor House Fire

  • Minimal damage to one room, one occupant / multiple occupants

  • Ensure the occupant is happy for the PFST to assist.

  • Check with the Officer in Charge that it is OK to enter the premises.

  • If occupant is happy to remain in the property offer to assist with general tidy/clean up.

  • Offer occupant Fire Safety advice, e.g. escape routes, overloaded plugs etc.

  • Ensure the occupant is happy and settled before leaving.

Limitations

The following incidents will not be attended by the PFST volunteers.

  • Severe House Fire

  • Evacuation (Gas Leak)

  • House Fire (Deliberate)

  • Minor to Medium House Fire - Occupant distressed or suffering from depression or other issues.

In the event of the above limitations occurring, the residents can be referred to the Red Cross Fire Emergency Support Service (FESS) or another relevant agency.

Poster about the Post Fire Support Team

Poster - Post Fire Support Team - A little help goes a long way (new window PDF 526 KB)


More information on volunteering for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Volunteers

Please contact Claire Bennett - Volunteer Co-ordinator by email: claire.bennett@cheshirefire.gov.uk

Last updated: Friday 26 July 2013