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Our community champions

We offer opportunities for people to volunteer with us to deliver fire safety information and encourage residents to carry out safety checks on their homes.

Our Community Champions volunteer across the county, speaking to local communities about home fire safety and escape plans, as well as referring those people who don't feel confident about completing a check of their own home. They may also be asked to support community events and other community safety activity.

No previous qualifications or specific skills are needed to become a Community Champion. We provide training and equipment to allow champions to develop in the role.

How do I get Involved?

Anyone interested in becoming a Community Champion can register their interest by providing their CV. An interview process will be arranged. If successful, applicants will be invited to a day of training and asked to complete some online learning. This may sound a lot, but we want to make sure all volunteers feel they have all the necessary support they need to fulfil the role.

Who can volunteer?

If you are legally entitled to work in the UK and over the age of 18, you can apply to be a Community Champion.

There are various opportunities for people who share our values, and we are committed to ensuring equal opportunity for everyone who volunteers with us. We have volunteers who are former firefighters, retired, unemployed, employed, with disabilities and from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds.

How much time do I need to give?

For most of the voluntary roles, we ask for a minimum of 15 hours a year. Of course, you can do more - if you have the time we can certainly keep you busy!

The role requires occasional weekend or evening shifts, but we are flexible and respect that our volunteers have other commitments too – we are grateful of any time you able to give.

However much time you have to offer, a few hours a week or a few hours a day, you will be providing us with invaluable support by offering additional skills, knowledge and resources to help us do more than we have ever done before to keep Cambridgeshire safe.

We happily provide references for volunteers who have committed a significant amount of time with us over at least six months.

Do I need special equipment or clothing?

Our Community Champions are provided with all the equipment and uniform that is needed to carry out roles safely and effectively. We expect the same high level of integrity and commitment that is required of all Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service staff. The type of equipment and uniform varies depending on the role, but we will always ensure you have everything you need.


If you are interested in joining us as a Community Champion, email your CV to