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26.04.23 – National Stalking Awareness Week, On-call Firefighter sessions

Written by on 26 April 2023

On-call firefighters are invaluable to the Fire Service as they provide a vital response service to their local community by attending emergency incidents.
Many already have jobs, whether they’re in full-time or part-time work, or self-employed, and therefore fit in their ‘on-call’ hours, usually around 50 hours each week, around their day-to-day lives.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be hosting six on-call firefighter taster sessions over the next three months, including one at Hanley, to give potential recruits a chance to find out more about what it’s like to be an on-call firefighter in Staffordshire.

“If you’ve always wanted to be an on-call firefighter, but were unsure how it would fit around your day-to-day life, this is the perfect opportunity to find out how it all works.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming an on-call firefighter, is invited to attend one of the sessions below.
Wednesday 26 April, Stafford Fire Station, 10am – 1pm
Wednesday 3 May, Chase Terrace Community Fire Station, 5pm – 8pm
Wednesday 10 May, Hanley Fire and Police Station, 5pm – 8pm
Saturday 20 May, Cannock Community Fire Station, 9am – 12pm
Saturday 27 May, Ipstones Community Fire Station, 11am – 2pm
Saturday 3 June, Abbots Bromley Community Fire Station, 11am – 2pm

To register your interest in attending a taster session and for more information on becoming an on-call firefighter, further details are available on our website: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/careers/on-call-firefighters/.

Interviews with Station Managers can be arranged on request. Journalists are welcome to attend. If you wish to attend any of the sessions, please inform the press office.

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We are supporting National Stalking Awareness Week, where police forces from across the country and charities come together to raise awareness of stalking through a targeted campaign. The awareness week, which runs from today (Monday 24 April), coincides with the re-launch of the force’s ‘Let’s Talk Stalking’ campaign, which aims to increase public knowledge and understanding of stalking.  Victims don’t always realise or recognise that the offender’s behaviour towards them amounts to stalking. Because of this, many offences go unreported as victims don’t understand what stalking is or realise how serious it can become.

Through our #LetsTalkStalking campaign we’re asking everyone in the local community to come together to reinforce that stalking behaviours are completely unacceptable, and empower victims to seek support immediately.

The campaign focuses on educating the public on four key behaviours:

  1. Fixated – being followed on your daily routine, spied on, or being watched by someone loitering around your work or home
  2. Obsessed – being monitored on or offline, cyberstalking, the ordering and cancelling of items on your behalf
  3. Unwanted – gifts being sent or left for you; unwanted messages, letters or phone calls; even damage or graffiti being caused to your property
  4. Repeated – this can be any nuisance or threatening behaviour, being approached, accosted repeatedly.

Detective Inspector Victoria Ison, of the Safeguarding team at Staffordshire Police, said:   “National Stalking Awareness Week gives us an opportunity to highlight the work we have been doing so far as we continue to refocus efforts, improve services and work with partners to ensure there is a robust approach to both prevention of violence and the protection of those who don’t feel safe.

Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams, said: “Stalking can take many forms and cause significant harm in a person’s life, leaving them feeling scared, anxious or isolated.

“This important campaign raises awareness of the signs of stalking, so that victims are able to not only report it to the Police, but can also access the specialist support they need, when they need it.”

For more information and advice, please visit: Let’s Talk Stalking | Staffordshire Police

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