Fire service welcomes eight new retained firefighters


Release date 23 November 2020

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has welcomed eight new retained (on-call) firefighters to the service.

The new recruits marked the completion of their initial training with a socially-distanced pass-out parade at Horley Fire Station on Friday.

Retained firefighters often have jobs elsewhere in their communities, but live or work within close proximity to one of West Sussex’s fire stations. They can be mobilised at a moments notice to attend an emergency incident.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Jon Lacey, who began his career as a retained firefighter at Haywards Heath Fire Station, attended the pass-out parade at Horley on Friday. He said: “I would like to congratulate each of our new recruits for the work they have put in over the last two weeks of their initial training. They have each demonstrated they have the courage and dedication needed to serve their local communities as a retained firefighter.

“It is by no means an easy career path, there will be missed family events, late nights and early mornings. But there are few other jobs serving your community that are anywhere near as rewarding as that of a retained firefighter.

“This year has been very unusual, but I am very proud of our Operational Training Team and support staff who have found new ways of working to allow us to run this initial training course, ensuring that everyone stayed safe, while delivering high-intensity training sessions.

“I know our new recruits are itching to get out there and turn their pagers on, and I would like to wish them all the best on their journey with West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

The new recruits, and the fire station they will be based at, are:

William Dunn, Petworth

Louise Meredith, East Preston

Richard Walford, Selsey

James Marshall, Shoreham

Adam Cuell, East Wittering

Jeff Rose, East Preston

Tom Griffin, Horsham

Blessing Onwe, Haywards Heath

You can find more information on becoming a retained firefighter here

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