Retained firefighters celebrate their success

The latest retained recruits of Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service were recognised at a passing out parade at Nuneaton Fire Station on Saturday. DSC_9504

The thirteen firefighters, eight Warwickshire Fire and Rescue (WFRS) recruits and five from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), completed a 14 day comprehensive course covering all aspects of firefighter training, incorporating the demands of the modern role.

During the parade, the firefighters showcased the skills and techniques they had learnt during their training. They were then presented with certificates by Warwickshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Rob Moyney along with the Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Councillor John Horner. The certificates were to recognise the completion of a rigorous training programme on equipment, appliances, policies and procedures. Those working for WFRS will now be enrolled onto the mandatory firefighter development programme; this programme takes three years to complete and provides further training and support with continuous assessments throughout. retained-firefighters-small

Mr Moyney praised the trainees’ dedication and commitment and welcomed them to the Service. He said: “I am very proud of all the new recruits, they did an exceptional job of showcasing all of the skills and techniques they have learned and I look forward to seeing their progression in the Service. This is the second time we have run a training course in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover. The course itself has been very well received and has proved to be a success for both WFRS and JLR.

Warwickshire County Councillor John Horner, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “I would like to personally congratulate all of the new recruits on passing the comprehensive training programme to become a retained firefighter. They should all be very proud. I wish them all the very best as they embark on a new career with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service serving the residents of Warwickshire.” retained-firefighters1-small

Councillor Matt Western, Chair of the council’s Resources and Fire and Rescue Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added: “Being a retained firefighter is a real commitment, not only to the Service, but also to the community as a whole. Congratulations to all of the new recruits for completing their training and I hope they continue with the same level of enthusiasm and professionalism as they move on to the next stage of their development within Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.”

The new recruits will now move to their allocated stations in Southam, Bidford, Bedworth, Coleshill, Shipston and Stratford to continue with their training and development.

Currently, there are over 100 retained firefighters in Warwickshire, responding to the call to keep our communities safe. However, many more are needed, to provide cover at our retained stations during the day, nights and weekends. The closing date for applications is Monday 12 December 2016.

For more information on becoming a retained firefighter log onto http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/beextraordinary