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Pewsey business recognised for support to firefighters


Date: 24th April, 2024

Fordbrook Furniture Ltd has received an award from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service in recognition of its support to on-call firefighters at Pewsey fire station.

The company has helped several members of staff to respond as on-call firefighters from work, and it has also made its premises available for training.

The presentation was made at the Service’s annual awards ceremony on 18 April. Chris Roberts, Production Director at Fordbrook, received the award from Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell, and Matt Bland, Client Director at sponsor Kubus.

Mr Bland said: “It is an honour for Kubus to continue our relationship with DWFRS, who give so much to our communities.”

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Andy Cole said: “This award is very well deserved. Fordbrook’s support for our on-call firefighters in Pewsey has included allowing time for training and providing flexibility in working hours. In return, our firefighters use their knowledge and expertise in areas such as fire marshal duties, first aid and guidance with risk assessments. I’m very grateful to the company, especially Chris Roberts, for their outstanding contribution to our Service.”

He added: “If someone is interested in becoming an on-call firefighter, they should look at our website to see whether there’s an on-call fire station near to where they live or work, then get in touch with us to have a chat about what’s possible. The main things are that people are enthusiastic, want to work as part of a team, and want to be part of their community.”

Working as an on-call firefighter means being involved in a wide range of activities in your local area, including responding to emergency calls, carrying out work to support the community’s needs, and providing prevention advice to help keep people safe.

In return, the fire and rescue service offers flexible work to fit around study, other employment and/or family commitments; first class training and development opportunities; additional income; and a chance to make a difference.

For more information about being an on-call firefighter with Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/on-call-firefighters

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