Fire Service welcomes new retained firefighters into the fold


Release date: 26 June 2017

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is delighted to announce ten new recruits have successfully completed their initial retained firefighting course, marking the accomplishment in style with an outstanding pass out parade in front of proud family, friends, officers and colleagues.

Following a rigorous two-week training programme, the recruits delivered an exceptional display of their newly learned skills during the parade at Worthing Fire Station.

Gavin Watts, Chief Fire Officer, presented WSFRS’s newest firefighters with their certificates, adding: “Welcome to the fire and rescue service family. You are a credit to the training you have undertaken. We recognise the commitment you are giving us and the support you will be receiving from your families. Our retained firefighters provide us, and the communities of West Sussex, with an invaluable service – so thank you.”

The firefighters will now be posted to their home stations to respond to emergencies when needed and to continue their professional development. The new recruits are:

• Dominic Royffe, Selsey
• Stewart Ellaby, Chichester
• Matthew Cayford, Midhurst
• Lee Payne, East Preston
• Ronnie Hampton, Billingshurst
• Matthew Butler, Horsham
• Adam Christian, Shoreham
• Daniel Shepard, Shoreham
• Taylor Wassell, Hurstpierpoint
• Aronn Pace, Burgess Hill

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 retainer 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: or visit

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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.

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