The Fire & Rescue Service in West Sussex is delighted to welcome its 12 newest wholetime firefighter recruits; the second group of trainees to have been successful from the 750 that were involved in a competitive recruitment process last year.
This week marks the start of their eagerly anticipated residential training course which will see the recruits put through their paces to ready them for a career as a West Sussex community firefighter.
Over the next 14-weeks the trainees will receive a combination of practical and theoretical instruction to ensure they are equipped with all the knowledge and skills they need. Elements of the training programme include technical and water rescue, breathing apparatus training, 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.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Watts, commented: “We’re delighted to be welcoming our newest recruits into the WSFRS family. Being a firefighter is about so much more than fighting fires and our latest trainees have shown the talent, enthusiasm and motivation needed for a successful career in the fire service. I wish them all the very best for their training course and look forward to seeing them in a few months’ time at their Pass Out parade!”
In 2015, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service announced its first wholetime recruitment drive in eight years and the gruelling recruitment process identified 24 successful trainees. The first group of twelve successfully passed their training programme last summer and have been serving on station since September 2016.
The second set of twelve recruits successfully passed the same recruitment process, and, once they have completed their initial training in May, will be joining their new colleagues at fire stations across the county to protect and serve their local communities.
The twelve new recruits are:
• Harrison Dean
• Ross Deck
• Sebastian Esfahani
• Joe Friend
• Chris Harrison
• Andrew Heward
• Ryan Jones
• Ben Jenner
• Joshua Moss
• Lance Tufft
• Matthew Vardy
• Stuart Williams