New on-call recruits join the ranks of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service


Release date: 7 October 2019

Seven new on-call (retained) firefighters have joined West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

The new recruits successfully completed their two week initial training course at Worthing Fire Station.

They welcomed family and friends to a pass out parade on Friday 27 September where they were officially welcomed to the service by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Neil Stocker.

They will now join the crews at a number of fire stations across the county to provide on-call support.

Many of the new recruits have full-time jobs elsewhere in their communities.

Living or working in close proximity the station, they can be paged at any time of the day to respond to an emergency situation.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Neil Stocker, said: “The role of an on-call firefighter is an incredibly rewarding, but challenging, job. These new recruits have all demonstrated that they have the dedication and skills to become a real asset to West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and the communities we serve.

“I know that these seven new recruits have worked incredibly hard to get through the two week initial training course and pass with flying colours. We all look forward to welcoming them to their new home stations.

“But equally thanks must also go to each of these new firefighter’s families, and also their employers who have agreed to them taking on the role of on-call firefighter. I know they will be on-hand to offer their support as our new recruits embark on their new careers with the fire service.”

The seven new recruits are:

Gareth Ide – Chichester

Jack Osborne – Selsey

Warren Boyt – Chichester

Aaron Randall – Littlehampton

Adam Laundon – Shoreham

Ashley Howells – East Grinstead

Toby Merritt-Smith – Midhurst

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is currently recruiting retained firefighters across the county.

For more information visit and click on ‘Fire & Rescue Recruitment’.

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