Faced with the shopping frenzy caused by Black Friday each year, the firefighters of Ariège have decided to take the opportunity to offer a promotional offer that is original to say the least. As reported France 3 Occitania, on its Facebook page, the SDIS 09 has more clearly launched a call for applications. “BLACK FRIDAY. It’s time to take advantage of our exceptional offer. For any withdrawal and return of a volunteer firefighter application file before March 15, 2023, leave with a complete outfit”, can we read on the publication.
And the firefighters go further, not without a touch of humor, specifying that the promo code is valid in 21 shops, i.e. in all the rescue and fire centers of the Ariège department. Nevertheless, this exceptional offer is subject to conditions: “Be between 16 and 55 years old, be vaccinated against hepatitis B and Covid, be in good physical shape, enjoy your civil rights.”
If this appeal was launched, it is because the department operates largely thanks to volunteer firefighters. “Of the 21 fire and rescue centers in Ariège, 17 operate exclusively with volunteers”, specifies Colonel Olivier Blanco at the microphone of France 3 Occitanie. There are 711 volunteer firefighters in Ariège. “It is a workforce that we must increase to cope with an increase in activity as we have seen this summer with the forest and vegetation fires and the participation in reinforcement operations”, continues Colonel .
And unfortunately, applications are scarce in this small southern department, hence the importance of recruitment campaigns. “We have to break the image of ‘it’s not for me. I’m too small, too old, not strong enough'”, insists Colonel Olivier Blanco, recalling that getting involved can make it possible to “find meaning, commitment, to act in the general interest”. “We are particularly looking for people who can make themselves available during the day.” As a reminder, the remuneration of a volunteer firefighter is around 8 to 10 € per hour, non-taxable. For more information, you can contact the SDIS of Ariège at 05.61.05.48.32.