Fire service welcomes newest wholetime community firefighter recruits!

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is thrilled to introduce its newest wholetime firefighter recruits.


Release date: 7 February 2018

The Fire & Rescue Service in West Sussex is delighted to welcome its 12 newest wholetime firefighter recruits; the second intake of trainees to have been successful in a competitive recruitment process that ran last year.

The next 14-weeks will see the recruits embark on an intensive recruitment training course, conducted in-house at Horley Fire Station.

During the course, the group of trainees will receive a combination of practical and theoretical training to equip them with all of the skills and knowledge they need to ensure that they are able to serve and protect the communities of West Sussex. Elements of the training will include: water rescues, working at height, breathing apparatus training and community fire safety.

Neil Stocker, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said: “Our new trainee firefighters have shown sheer determination after passing the hugely competitive application process, and this mind-set will stand them in good stead for their future careers as West Sussex community firefighters.

“I wish each and every one of them the very best of luck for the next 14 weeks and I look forward to seeing their hard work culminate and their Pass Out Parade!”

This is the fourth wholetime recruitment course within West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service since the first course in eight years was announced in 2015.

The twelve new trainee firefighters are:

• Tim Batchelor, Littlehampton
• Shaun Beales, Horsham
• Scott Cairncross, Burgess Hill
• Martyn Chate, Littlehampton
• Ric Copeland, East Preston
• Tom Williams, Bognor
• Alex Wooding, Shoreham
• Chris Denton, Littlehampton
• Kerrie Lewis, Bognor
• Jordan O’Hara, East Preston
• Satpal Nagi, Felpham
• Gary Simmonds, Horsham

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is part 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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