VOLUNTEERS who give up their free time to support firefighters were thanked for making such a huge effort.

A celebration was held at the HQ of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service in Winsford to thank dedicated and selfless individuals who help keep Cheshire safe.

Certificates were handed out to volunteers by Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gus O’Rourke.

Peter Owens, volunteers cadet staff for Winsford Cadet Unit was commended for completing an impressive 20 years to the service.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gus O’Rourke said: “It gives me immense pride to see the dedication our volunteers bring to help keep the public of Cheshire safe, and give them the appreciation they deserve.

“It is really important to me to recognise the amazing contribution from both members of the public and serving Fire Service colleagues bring to the service, and what better way to do that than by bringing them all together, and saying thank you in person.

“It was fantastic to meet so many inspiring individuals at the event and hear their motivational stories about the volunteering work they have been involved in. Our volunteers really do make a vital difference to our communities, and I cannot express my gratitude enough for the commitment they give to Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.”

As a volunteer for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service people can not only help communities but also enhance their CV, meet like minded people, boost their confidence and improve their communication skills.

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Various roles are currently available, such as cadet leader, heritage team member, road safety volunteer and many more.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities or to apply, visit cheshirefire.gov.uk/jobs/volunteers.