FIRE fighters from Ludlow have been out and about raising money for the fire fighter’s charity.

Crew members were at the Medieval Fayre collecting and talking to people.

The charity helps fire fighters in need.

In rural areas like Ludlow and south Shropshire the fire service is very dependent upon retained fire fighters and is always on the lookout for people to join the ranks.

Men and women can join up and extensive training is given.

There is an annual allowance as well as payments when the fire fighters are called out.

However, there is a requirement that retained fire fighters live and work close to the nearest fire station and have work that enables them to stop and respond when the call comes.

“We’re looking forward to them becoming part of their local station establishments to continue their professional development and work with their colleagues to protect their communities.” said chief officer Rod Hammerton.

One of the recent recruits is, Jack Wall, aged 22, who has recently moved from Birmingham to Cleobury Mortimer and works as a maintenance engineer.

Bishop’s Castle has welcomed two new recruits.

One of them is Turkish-born, Omer Bozdag, 23, who has been supporting his family’s fish and chip shop business in Bishop’s Castle, working seven days a week.