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Dorset Fire And Rescue Thank Their Volunteers

Fire Van

9:11am 30th May 2014
(Updated 9:12am 30th May 2014)

Sunday see's the start of National Volunteers Week and Dorset Fire and Rescue will be celebrating their helpers who give up their time for free.

The service has been running their volunteer scheme for the last 5 years and now has almost 100 active volunteers.

During the week volunteers will be out with the service, helping with two station drill activities and a Macmillan Event.  The aim is to increase their numbers further by raising their profile of the work they do.  They'll also be offering home safety advice to members of the public.

Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter will be thanking them with a special celebratory BBQ.

Chief Fire Officer, Darran Gunter said: "I am delighted to attend the volunteers meeting and celebrate their achievements with them. Since launching the scheme five years ago volunteers have attended hundreds of events, meetings and initiatives in their local communities. All with the aim of helping these communities stay safer.

He added: "They are an amazing asset, allowing us to enhance the service we offer to our most vulnerable communities."

Dorset Fire and Rescue Volunteer Co-Coordinator Nicky Jenkins said: "Currently we have a team of 96 volunteers who cover the whole of Dorset, from Lyme Regis to Christchurch, Portland to Gillingham. We are always looking for new recruits to help with the challenging and rewarding opportunities on offer. Our volunteers have the opportunity to get involved with all aspects of the service, including helping with our youth initiatives, assisting at corporate events and volunteering alongside firefighters at their local station. All our volunteers and are provided with a uniform and full training.

She added: "If you can spare a few hours a week to make your community a safer place to live, please contact me on 01305 252698 or email volunteering@dorsetfire.gov.uk"

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