Could you spare a few hours to help your local community?
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Volunteers are being sought as a part of a new emergency services pilot initiative to provide additional support to local communities.
The Emergency Services Volunteer (ESV) scheme is launching in North Herts and Dacorum and will provide an opportunity for people to support their local fire service and policing teams.
This will help to free up frontline staff to deal with operational commitments.
Those who sign up to the scheme will be involved with the following duties:
Supporting police officers and staff at community events, providing advice on fire safety and crime prevention.
Carrying out safety checks within their local community, identifying hazards in relation to arson or crime and reporting to their local fire and police teams.
Carrying out ‘Safe and Well’ visits, providing members of the public with fire safety and crime prevention advice.
Full training will be provided.
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said: “Keeping Hertfordshire safe is something we all have a stake in and to which we can all make a contribution.
“This is an opportunity to volunteer for something which is challenging and rewarding, and somewhat different to many of the other placements out there. So please consider contacting the team to find out more about it and how you can get involved.”
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Alex Woodman said: “Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) are dedicated to responding to the needs of our local community and we have a duty to promote fire safety. The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 provides the flexibility for us to work with others in the community in order to carry out this duty.
“We take a deep pride in our volunteers and they support delivery of our objectives and are an accessible focal point of contact between HFRS and the communities that they serve and represent.
“Now, with the Emergency Services Volunteer scheme, we have an opportunity to make better use of our partnership and close bond with Hertfordshire Constabulary by pooling our volunteer resource and connecting with an even greater section of the public.
“This will allow us to provide a wider package of advice to communities that goes beyond traditional fire safety and we believe this will benefit even more homes and businesses across the county and continue to make Hertfordshire an even safer place to live, work and visit.
“We want to encourage more members of the public to join us and get involved with this amazing initiative.
Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “Hertfordshire has a rich history in volunteering and those getting involved in this partnership initiative will find themselves supporting their local communities in a positive way.
“Not only will those who sign up be getting exposure to training that will really boost their personal development and confidence, by supporting all the emergency services they will be improving the lives of so many people including some of the most vulnerable in our communities.”
If the scheme proves a success, it is hoped that it can be rolled out across other areas of the county moving forward.
If you’re interested in getting involved, or would like to find out more, please contact the volunteer team via email.