Fire & Emergency Support Service Volunteer (British Red Cross)
Causeway Coast & Glens
The British Red Cross Fire
and Emergency Support Service (FESS) is an exciting, rapid, response service.
Working in partnership with the Fire Service, we provide practical help and
emotional support to people affected by fires and other emergency incidents
As a FESS volunteer, working as part of a
team, you'll provide much-needed help to people who have suddenly found
themselves homeless following a fire, evacuation, industrial incident or flood.
Equipped with a specially
prepared vehicle, you'll support people in crisis by providing practical help
and emotional support.
In addition, you could be providing support to
the emergency services as part of the BRC response to an incident.
Typical tasks include:
Provide practical support to individuals such
as shelter and refreshments, providing basic provisions and facilities,
signposting to other organisations, supporting with the care of children and
pets, first aid and assisting with seeking temporary accommodation.
Provide emotional support to distressed
Maintain appropriate records
Attend briefings and de-briefings delivered by
the team leader and the fire service
Deliver the service in line with society
You will need to be willing
to respond when on-call, including unsocial hours and you may be required to
wear personal protective equipment in accordance with local arrangements
If you have a full UK
driving licence, you may be asked to drive a FESS vehicle.
We value the energy and
enthusiasm that young people bring to this role. To carry out full delivery of
this service volunteers must be 18. However (subject to a risk assessment, safeguarding
requirements and parental consent) those aged 15 - 17 can be involved in a
variety of activities such as promoting the service.
The Centre locations are in
Coleraine, Portrush and Omagh. Volunteers must not live more than 20 minutes
away from their nearest Centre as they will be required to be on the scene as
soon as possible once they are notified of an emergency.