Staff from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service recently donned their aprons to cook up a storm in Stoke-on-Trent.
"The meal is a fantastic way of bringing people from all different areas and backgrounds together and is a great opportunity for us to talk about career opportunities with the Service."
Helen Chadwick, Station Manager
The Service hosted a community meal at the North Staffs YMCA in Hanley on Friday 7 April, where they served a feast of vegetable and beef curry with rice, naans and chapattis.
Crews from Hanley, along with David Greensmith, Head of Finance, Tim Hyde, Director of Response, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber and Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Becci Bryant prepared and served the fresh meal, which was provided free of charge to over 100 people.
The meal was funded by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safer Communities Community Interest Company (CIC) and was open for anyone to attend from the local community and local organisations.
The North Staffs YMCA have been running the monthly events since 2014, each month they invite a different organisation or community group to host the meal. This is the second time the Service has worked in partnership with the YMCA as last year saw CFO Bryant help to cook and serve a meal.
Helen Chadwick, Station Manager, said: “We’re really excited to be involved in hosting a meal at North Staffs YMCA again this year and our catering supervisor Steve Leadbetter has pulled together a tasty menu which we hope everyone enjoyed.
“The meal is a fantastic way of bringing people from all different areas and backgrounds together and is a great opportunity for us to talk about career opportunities with the Service.
“We’re always looking for retained firefighters and we will soon be recruiting for wholetime staff – we’re really keen to give a flavour, excuse the pun, of what the Service is all about!
“A firefighters role is very much about supporting communities and preventing fires. Thankfully, we have seen a decrease in the number of fatal fires as a result of our concerted and focused prevention work but we will continue to work with our communities to make sure that those with vulnerabilities can access relevant advice, help and support.”