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Mums travel free this Mother’s Day

A great way to celebrate Mother’s Day!



Mums can travel for free on any bus around Crawley this Mother’s Day with Metrobus.

The free ride is a gift from Metrobus and is valid for travel across the Crawley Metrobus network on Sunday March 11 when accompanied by a full fare-paying second person with the Mother’s Day Crawley Duo Metrorider ticket. It is available on the app from the morning of Saturday 10 March.

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Metrobus Marketing Manager Charlotte Bruce said:

“Even on Mother’s Day women have to get about and get on with their busy working lives. We hope that we can make the day a little easier with this gift.”

For this Mother’s Day Metrobus have announced special Mother’s Day Duo m-tickets, where up to two people can travel together for the price of one in our Crawley, Horsham and Redhill & Reigate Metrorider areas.

You can download the app from Google Play or the App Store to purchase the special Mother’s Day Duo tickets.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. This special ticket is only valid for travel on Sunday 11th March.
  2. Up to two people can travel on this ticket, children are eligible to travel on this ticket, the ticket is open to anyone to purchase and travel within the valid area on 11th March.
  • Mother’s Day Crawley Metrorider Duo: £4.40
  • Mother’s Day Horsham Metrorider Duo: £4.40
  • Mother’s Day Redhill & Reigate Metrorider Duo: £4.40
    *Normal price for the Duo is £8. The individual Day Metrorider is £4.40

To view the boundaries of the Metrorider areas in map form, please click here.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the app from the morning of Saturday 10th March. Once activated the Mother’s Day Duo m-tickets will expire on 12th March at 0359.

For more information go to the Metrobus website or click here.

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West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service search for on-call firefighters

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service launch a new drive to increase its number of on-call firefighters.



Over recent years the number of people available ‘on-call’ to the emergency service has declined. The fire service is now looking to reverse this with a new call to action of ‘Your Community Needs You’.

On-call – formerly known as retained – firefighters are a vital part of the emergency service.

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As a rural county, the service relies on on-call crews to be available to react in their local areas. Fourteen of West Sussex’s 25 fire stations are crewed solely by an on-call workforce.

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“We are calling on communities to help support our work by asking people who live or work within close proximity to your local fire station to find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter.

“On-call firefighters can come from every walk of life, including builders, plumbers, farmers, office staff, together with people who are not currently employed. Previous experience is not required thanks to the comprehensive training programme.”

On-call firefighters carry out the same role as a wholetime firefighter including fires, road traffic collisions, flooding incidents or raising fire safety awareness in the community.

The nine West Sussex fire stations in most urgent need of new recruits are:

• Storrington
• Partridge Green
• Turners Hill
• Petworth
• Hurstpierpoint
• Steyning
• East Grinstead
• East Preston
• Lancing

On-call firefighters may have another job but can be called out via an alerter which gets activated when they are paged to respond to an emergency.

Mum-of-two Katie Gray, is an on-call firefighter at East Preston Fire Station. She said:

“Being able to help the community in such a varied role and the adrenaline of not knowing what we are going to is great. There is a steep learning curve when joining the role because of the wide variety of jobs that we get, such as community events as well as operational calls.”

Steven Philby, is an on-call firefighter in Storrington and also a wholetime fighter at Chichester Fire Station. He said: “I was surprised about how quickly you become part of a team and make a difference within the local area; the local community get to know that you are an on-call firefighter.”

As part of the drive, fitness sessions will be held in some areas for people to see what level of fitness is required for the role and to find out more about the role. The first session has been organised by Storrington Fire Station and will be held on Saturday 29 September at Impulse Leisure, Chanctonbury from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

To find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter visit and select ‘Fire & Rescue recruitment’ or follow West Sussex Fire & Rescue on Facebook & Twitter for updates on events.

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