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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service team up with West Yorkshire Police for volunteer scheme

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Yorkshire Police are launching the ‘999 Community Volunteers’ scheme during National Volunteers’ Week, 1st – 7th June 2019.

This is a new community-volunteering programme that gives members of the public the opportunity to work alongside both emergency services and make a difference to their local communities. 999 Community Volunteers will support local policing and fire prevention teams across the West Yorkshire area with a wide variety of community policing and fire prevention events and initiatives.

The scheme is less formal than other types of volunteering (such as the Special Constabulary), and volunteers are under no obligation to commit to a certain number of hours.

Sergeant Jon Sewell from the Citizens in Policing Hub said:

“Our 999 Community Volunteers provide officers and the fire service with valuable support to carry out preventative and operational tasks.

“It is a hugely rewarding role and can open up a variety of opportunities for personal and professional development.

“You may be asked to get involved with assisting at a Police Community Contact Point or a Fire Service Neighbourhood Open Day, using mock speed cameras to improve road safety or addressing issues which have been highlighted as a concern to local teams.”

District Prevention Manager Jack Bennett from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“This is the first time both our services have ever developed a joint community volunteering programme.

“This is an exciting opportunity for members of our community to be involved in the work that we deliver. You’ll become a valuable member of both our teams, but most importantly you will be contributing to the ambition of Making West Yorkshire Safer.”

What does the role involve?

As a 999 Community Volunteer, you could be involved in the following events and initiatives:

  • Local fairs, festivals and sports events
  • Community contact points, open days or other public engagement duties
  • Using speed cameras in identified problem areas to improve road safety
  • Assisting with role plays for multi-agency and student officer training exercises
  • Crime prevention work within the community
  • Supporting Safe and Well projects
  • Assisting with fire and road safety education projects
  • Leaflet drops

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 18 or above
  • Have resided in the UK for the last 3 years
  • Do not have a criminal record

Recruitment is now open. Please click here to apply