IF you're looking for a new challenge the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) wants to hear from you.
FRNSW is now recruiting retained (on call) firefighters to be on call from home or work to respond to fired and other emergencies, at Taree Fire Station.
There is currently a number of vacancies for retained firefigters.
Station officer, Shane Austin, commander of Taree Fire Station urges residents from all walks of life to consider becoming a retained firefighter.
"If you enjoy being part of a team, are physically fit and want to give something back to your community, contact us and find out how to become a retained firefighter," station officer Austin said.
"The majority of retained firefighters have other jobs and community minded employers are usually supportive in allowing them to leave work to attend call outs.
"The roles of firefighters are varied, interesting and rewarding. Firefighters not only fight fires and respond to a wide range of emergencies, they also educate school children, seniors, business people and the wider community about fire safety.
"Retained firefighters are on call, however this doesn't mean that you have to be available every minute of every day. Sharing availability with other retained firefighters can reduce potential impact on work and private life."
Retained firefighters are paid a fortnightly payment for being on call and receive an hourly rate for attending incidents, as well as training sessions and other activities.
FRNSW commissioner Greg Mullins said that retained firefighters were a crucial part of providing fire protection to NSW communities.
"Retained firefighters play an important role in protecting people, property and the environment across regional and rural NSW," commissioner Mullins said.
"They are trained and equipped to deal with the same emergencies as permanent firefighters and are dedicated and passionate about what they do.
"The skills retained firefighters gain are also used in their everyday work life."
For information about becoming a retained firefighter, phone 6551 5246 or attend Taree Fire Station for an information session on Monday, April 7, between 5.30pm and 6.30pm, or visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au