West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed 14 new on-call firefighters who have graduated on 29th June.
The new recruits have spent the past two weeks learning new skills including emergency first aid, fire awareness, hose running, taking part in pump drills and working with appliances, and working at height.
On-call firefighters have other jobs and only attend the fire station to respond to emergency callouts.
The recruits were presented with their graduation certificates at Horley Fire Station after showing their skills to their families and friends.
Lead Instructor Mick Dunham said: “For our graduates to get through the two weeks of training shows they have the commitment and determination to become a firefighter, and have earned the right to hold that position.
“They have worked hard and each person has been on their own journey during the course. I and all of the instructors are very proud.”
Area Manager Jon Lacey, who presented the graduates with their certificates, said: “I would like to thank our new recruits and all of the instructors who have spent the past fortnight sharing a phenomenal amount of information with our new on-call firefighters. They have had to work hard in a very short amount of time, but have risen to the challenge.
“Our recruits will now go out into our community and support our residents to the best of their ability.”
The firefighters who have graduated, and which station they’ll be based at, are:
• Connor Worsfold, Billingshurst
• Oscar Lehan, East Grinstead
• Henry Camisa, East Preston
• Phil McIver, Burgess Hill
• Joe Whitfield, Chichester
• Zac Stout, Bognor Regis
• Jack Gilbert, Bognor Regis
• Liam Cumberland, Petworth
• Ben Young, Littlehampton
• Damien Hodgson, Worthing
• Cai Jones, Steyning
• Leon Lawlor, Horsham
• Joe Bagwell, Partridge Green
• Ross Wickham, Burgess Hill
The training programme is the third held this year, and brings the total number of new on-call firefighters up to 35.
For more information on becoming an on-call firefighter, you can visit https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/west-sussex-fire-rescue-service/fire-rescue-recruitment/become-a-retained-firefighter/#how-to-apply
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.