VOLUNTEERING

We have various volunteer roles available. From being a guide at our state-of-the-art safety centre for schools, a photographer, a community volunteer or a cadet  instructor, there’s something for everyone!

Check out the details below.

Want to Volunteer?

As a West Midlands Fire Service volunteer you’ll help us to deliver our key safety messages, build closer links with diverse groups and contribute positively to the communities of the West Midlands.

We really value the skills and experience that our volunteers bring to our organisation. In exchange, they get the opportunity to make a difference within the community, develop new skills and gain valuable work experience to enhance their employability. Volunteering offers you the chance to meet people from different backgrounds, make new friends, build confidence and have your contribution and achievements recognised.

Being part of our volunteering team will help you learn more about our organisation and its aims, and help you gain a sense of pride at the same time as being involved in something that’s rewarding and enjoyable.

All volunteers are subject to a recruitment process involving application, informal discussion, references and an enhanced DBS check.

Visitor Guide

As a Volunteer Visitor Guide, you’ll be essential to the delivery of key safety messages to children and young people visiting our educational, life-sized safety village at Safeside in Birmingham. Your main role will be to guide small groups of primary school children through a number of interactive scenarios, delivering messages linked to fire, road, water, home and personal safety. You’ll be responsible for engaging the children to ensure messages are understood and to ensure a quality educational experience.

Volunteer Visitor Guides will need to be over 16 and available to volunteer on weekdays.

A minimum commitment of 3 half-days per month (equivalent to 9 hours per month) is recommended.

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Our main Safeside centre is next to our headquarters in Nechells, Birmingham. Our other centre is in Handsworth.

The main centre is an indoor village – a great safety training centre for schools and young people to learn about personal, road, and fire safety in a fun and exciting environment. Here’s where you can learn more about Safeside and the courses we offer there.

If you have any questions about the role, please email volunteer@wmfs.net

Photographer

As a Volunteer Photographer you will help to promote our activities to our communities. You’ll take photos at community events, exercises, fire station open days, award ceremonies, exhibitions and fundraising events, as well as at incidents attended by our firefighters. Your images will be used for staff communication and publicity purposes, and on our website and social media channels.

Volunteer Photographers must be over 18. You’ll need to let us know your availability a month in advance and be part of a roster covering a mixture of days, nights and weekends where possible. You must hold a full UK driving licence and have use of a vehicle to attend assignments, and will need to use your own photographic equipment.

If you have any questions about the role, please email volunteer@wmfs.net

Community Volunteer

As a Community Volunteer, you’ll support our prevention-based community activities. Your main role will be to deliver key safety messages on the ‘Welcome to the West Midlands Programme’, which is aimed at people new to our area such as migrant and refugee groups and people for whom English is a second language.

The role also involves assisting fire stations to promote safety messages, volunteer opportunities and WMFS services at open days and community events, as well as via leaflet drops and local fire safety initiatives.

Community Volunteers need to be 18. A minimum commitment of 10 hours per month is recommended. Volunteers need to travel independently to venues and events within the area we serve.

If you have any questions about the role, please email volunteer@wmfs.net

Fire Cadet Instructor

As a Volunteer Fire Cadet Instructor you will support young people, aged 11 to 18,  in their Fire Cadet activities at fire stations or in the community.

Activities include exercises on the drill yard, fundraising and social events. The scheme aims to provide an opportunity for young people to develop skills, knowledge, leadership and team qualities, and to become confident, active citizens. As a Volunteer Fire Cadet Instructor you will be part of an instructor team supported by a Lead Instructor.

Volunteer Fire Cadet Instructors need to be 18. There’s a recommended commitment of weekly evening meetings (approx. 3 hours) held at selected fire stations, with the possibility of weekend activities including residential stays and fire station open days.

Logo for the National Fire Cadets

The Fire Cadets are a uniformed group helping young people aged 11 to 16 to develop life skills, with branches across the West Midlands.

Long-term branches tend to recruit young people at the age of 11 and work with them until they’re 16, when they either leave to chase their own dreams or enrol as an instructor.

The Fire Cadets form part of a national model in which 26 fire services work with young people from their local communities.