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FLINTSHIRE EMPLOYEES ASKED TO BE PART-TIME FIREFIGHTERS

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Flintshire CC is being asked if it will release its workers to be part-time firefighters to help solve the problems...
Flintshire CC is being asked if it will release its workers to be part-time firefighters to help solve the problems of the shortage of volunteers.

The Daily Post (23 Oct, p13) reports that North Wales Fire Service relies a great deal on retained firefighters - people who work at other jobs but are on standby to respond to emergency call-outs.

Chief fire officer Philip Quinn has told the council: 'There is a shortage at the moment of people who are unable to attend emergencies during the midweek working hours ar many of north Wales' retained stations.

'This is particularly true in small towns and rural areas because there are fewer people who live and work in their local towns and villages.'

Mr Quinn is asking Flintshire to agree to release staff during office to attend emergencies in close proximity to council premises where staff are based.
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