In July Mr Keith told the Observer: "Retained firefighters
make a huge commitment to their communities when they become a Retained Duty System (RDS) firefighter and in most cases balance this with their primary employment and family life.
(RDS) run the bulk of stations across North Wales - 36 out of 44 in total.
For a start, I probably know as much about the retained firefighters
as Mr Duffield, having been a Fire Service General Instructor for 20-plus years, during which time I worked with and helped to train many retained firefighters
He has 19 years' service in the brigade and is in the Retained Firefighters
Double take Amie Duffy's job as a 999 call handler has helped her adapt to the role as retained firefighter
are members of the community who are paid to provide an on-call service responding to emergency calls in the same way as full-time firefighters.
Tony Morgan, of the Retained Firefighters
Union, said it could mean losing 28 per cent of the fire service's workforce and "closing more fire stations as you have to put retained firefighters
A second retained firefighter
said there were similar problems along the A5 corridor in rural Conwy and Denbighshire and in Tywyn, Gwynedd.
Clare revealed David had been accepted as a retained firefighter
three years ago despite being diabetic.
Six new stamps were issued this week, turning the spotlight on the retained firefighters
who combine day jobs with their 999 work.
Abercarn Fire Station is one of four fire stations in South Wales set to change from having a day crew to the retained firefighter
system and needs a new team of retained firefighters
to crew the station.
The retained firefighter
dialled 999 when the West Highland terrier Cora chased a rabbit 100ft down a cliff at a disused quarry.