West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has welcomed its first new retained firefighters of 2017.
The new recruits were presented with their certificates by Head of Operations, Kieran Amos, at a passout parade at Worthing fire station, which marked the successful completion of an intensive two-week initial training course. The seven firefighters will now be posted to their home stations to respond to emergencies when needed and continue their professional development.
The latest recruits are:
- Marc Haywood, from Midhurst
- Charlie Welling, from Bognor
- George Petrie, from Chichester
- Jack Magee, from Chichester
- Ryan Hek, from Chichester
- Sam Tomlin, Turners Hill
- Adam Butler, Haywards Heath
Head of Training, Development and Assurance, Jon Simpson, said: "Recruiting retained firefighters is a continuing challenge for fire services across the country, so it goes without saying we are delighted to welcome our newest recruits. There is no doubt these firefighters will make a difference in their communities, not only in responding to emergencies but also through their prevention and safety work, which makes up a large percentage of a modern firefighter’s role.”
Retained firefighters are men and women who combine their day jobs or duties with being "on call" for the fire service, ready to respond to emergencies when they are needed. They also play an important role in community engagement activities.
They are vital to the delivery of the county's fire and rescue service and receive regular training to equip them with the skills they need to deal with fires, road traffic collisions and a wide range of other emergencies.
Retained firefighters receive an annual retaining fee as well as additional payments for any incidents or community safety events they attend.To find out more about being a retained firefighter in West Sussex watch this short film: http://ow.ly/ikU93072uzr or visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire.
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West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.