Release date: 17 July 2020
Six new retained (on-call) firefighters have successfully completed their two week initial training course to join West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.
They will now join retained crews at a number of different fire stations around 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 to the station, they can be paged at any time of the day or night to respond to an emergency situation.
Having demonstrated their new skills throughout their two week training course, they took part in a pass-out parade at Horley Fire Station on Friday (July 17).
Presenting the new recruits with their certificates was West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Neil Stocker. He said: “It was a real privilege to welcome our new retained firefighters to West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service today.
“Becoming a retained firefighter takes real dedication and drive, and I do not underestimate the commitment our new recruits have made in getting to this point today.
“Over the next two years they will continue to develop their skills, and I have no doubt that they are going to make a very real difference to the communities they will serve, many of which will be home to their own family and friends.
“I wish them all the very best of luck in their careers with the service.”
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Fire & Rescue and Communities, Duncan Crow, said: “I am incredibly proud to welcome our six newest recruits to the service. Stepping up to support their communities in their hour of need is a big ask on any individual, but I know that our new recruits have been given all of the necessary training and support to allow them to do this to the very best of their abilities. I would like to thank all of the training instructors who have worked them hard over the past two weeks to ensure they are ready to go out and serve their communities.”
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is currently recruiting retained firefighters across the county. For more information visit our Fire & Rescue recruitment webpage.
The new recruits, and the stations they will be based at, are:
• Jack Glynn – Midhurst Fire Station
• Tim Laker – East Preston Fire Station
• Andrew Terrington – Partridge Green Fire Station
• James Davis – Hurstpierpoint Fire Station
• James Smoothy – East Grinstead Fire Station
• Niamh Slatter – East Grinstead Fire Station