Retained recruitment in East Sussex--a local approach to a national problem: the writer argues that firefighters on the Retained Duty System in East Sussex are an essential part of the Service, enabling rapid response to incidents in the smaller towns and villages in the community, as well as offering support in the county's larger towns.(Recruitment and Retention)

LIKE MANY FRS' SERVING A LARGE rural population, East Sussex FRS had been facing substantial difficulties in recruiting firefighters to work on the Retained Duty System. In December 2004, the fire authority employed its first retained recruitment

As the Retained Recruitment Coordinator I have the remit of reviewing existing methods of attracting RDS staff. This included recruitment, retention, marketing methods and raising the profile of the RDS within local communities.

It was initially established that any marketing activities aimed at attracting potential candidates to the RDS had to take place on two levels--across the county as a whole and within a four minute response distance of stations with RDS crews. …

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