Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) are seeking volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds and can bring a range of skills and experience to the organisation. All our volunteers are valued because they give their time and skills freely to assist people in various activities.
Volunteering with us is rewarding as it offers the opportunity to meet new people, undertake new challenges and experiences; and provides the satisfaction that comes from making a real contribution to the safety of the communities within Derbyshire.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service Prevention and Inclusion Team recruits and provides full training to volunteers offering skills and fresh perspective, in order to enhance and complement the service in meeting the needs of our local communities and to help build closer links with them.
Volunteers can assist with a number of activities such as conducting Home Fire Safety Checks, delivery of structured activities for young people, assist at road traffic collision awareness events and general assistance with the delivery of key fire safety messages. You can read more about the specific roles available by visiting the pages below.
What help do volunteers recieve
All volunteers receive an induction into the volunteer programme and then continuous relevant training to support their activities undertaken as a volunteer.
Volunteers are provided with the name and contact details of a member of staff who acts as their point of contact with the Service and provides guidance and support. They are also available to discuss any concerns or issues may arise and to encourage volunteers to develop their skills.
A uniform and identity card are also provided.
Volunteers are entitled to claim out of pocket expenses for travel incurred while carrying out their role. If you travel to and from your place of volunteering by car you will be reimbursed for your actual mileage. Volunteers who use their cars to undertake volunteer activities must arrange fully comprehensive insurance including occasional business use. Evidence of this should be submitted with the first claim and evidence of renewal provided on an annual basis.
All volunteers are covered by Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service's insurance policy while on any Fire Service property or engaged in any task on behalf of Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service Prevention and Inclusion Team. To ensure that you have adequate insurance cover, it is important that you follow the guidelines of your role. It must be stressed that the insurance policy only covers an individual if they adhere to their role and responsibilities.
What we expect from our volunteers
As a volunteer you will be expected to:
- Commit time to developing the skills and gaining the knowledge required for the role
- Discuss and agree any support needed with your contact officer
- Observe the relevant requirements of the Fire & Rescue Authority's policies including:
- Code of Conduct
- Health & Safety
- Equality and Diversity
- Child Protection
Volunteers are bound by the same requirements for confidentiality as paid staff and are asked to sign an agreement to this effect.
Becoming a volunteer
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service use the link below to read more about the application and recruitment processes.
Requesting more information
You can always e-mail the prevention team at email@example.com to ask any questions you have about volunteering.