The group of 12 firefighters follow their colleagues who graduated in November last year, having joined the service in September. They will now join the fire crews at their respective stations throughout the county. The campaign to recruit to wholetime began in April 2017, with over 700 applications received.
At the official passing out parade attended by friends and family in Nuneaton on Thursday, firefighters Matthew McMullan; Lee Rudge; Jessica Gould; Neil Jones; Chelsea Horner; Peter Clark; Michael Rogers; Kieren Hagan; John Dean; Michael Rogers; Bohdan Luczka; and Richard Copestake were congratulated on passing their Core Skills Foundation training course and welcomed to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service as newly trained firefighters.
During the parade the recruits showcased their skills and techniques by completing a series of drills, including rescuing a casualty from a mock building fire along with other firefighting demonstrations. It culminated with Warwickshire’s newest recruits being presented with certificates by the county’s Chief Fire Officer Andy Hickmott. The coveted ‘Silver Axe’, which is awarded to the recruit who has consistently shown the highest all-round achievement throughout the course, went to Matthew McMullan.
Chief Fire Officer Andy Hickmott said:
“I’m very pleased that all our recruits have passed the training programme, they should be extremely proud of themselves and of all their hard work over the last six weeks.
“At Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service we have high standards and I’m pleased to say that all of our new recruits have met these and more. I wish them all the best on what will be a challenging but rewarding career.”
Warwickshire County Councillor Howard Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, added:
“A big well done to everyone graduating today. The passing out parade marks the culmination of the hard work, perseverance and dedication that we expect from a Warwickshire firefighter.
“I’ve no doubt that these new recruits will continue to exhibit these virtues as they formally begin their careers with the Service.”