West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is thrilled to introduce its newest group of Wholetime Community Firefighter recruits. The 12-strong group of trainees are embarking on a 14-week intensive training course at WSFRS’s training centre in Horley, set to begin on Monday 11th September.
This training course marks the second intake of new wholetime (full-time) firefighters in 2017, and the third group of new firefighters since recruitment resumed in earnest for the first time in eight years last year.
Jon Simpson, Area Manager for People, says; “Following a highly competitive and rigorous selection process we’re absolutely delighted to welcome our next group of recruit firefighters into the Service. Their determination, commitment and character to succeed will serve them well and I wish them the very best of luck with their training course and in their future careers with WSFRS."
Over the next three and a half months the recruits will undertake a combination of practical training and theoretical instruction to equip them with all the knowledge and skills they need to serve and protect the communities of West Sussex. Training will include technical and water rescue, working at height, breathing apparatus training, community fire safety and South East Coast Ambulance’s Immediate Emergency Care Responder course.
The training will be conducted in-house and based at the fire service’s residential training centre at Horley Fire Station.
Our new trainee firefighters are:
Back row, left to right:
• Steven Robinson
• Jack Magee
• Ashley Taylor
• Dominique Wilkinson
• Alex Aylen
• Joe Cullum
Front row, left to right:
• Mark Figg
• Victoria Mayne
• Bianca Kelly-Marques
• Daniella Hodge
• James Drake
• Joe Barkley
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.