Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s latest group of recruits has successfully completed 11 weeks of intensive training.
The group of 15 on-call firefighters have completed their training at the Waddington Training Centre near Lincoln, and will now join fire crews at their respective stations – including Brant Broughton, Stamford, Mablethorpe and Grantham.
During the pass out parade, held on Sunday, the newly qualified firefighters showcased their skills and techniques by rescuing casualties from a mock road traffic collision, before being presented with their certificates.
The new recruits are; firefighter Adam Self (Lincoln North); FF Gareth Laking (Louth); FF Kieran Rose (Donington); FF Andrew Hall (Grantham); FF Lee Jaines (Louth); FF Natalie Oliver (Saxilby); FF Steven Murray (Spilsby); FF Leah Chapman (Market Deeping); FF Darren Huxtable (Corby Glen); FF Nick Church (Louth); FF Richard Boulderstone (Market Deeping); FF Graeme Capps (Holbeach); FF Elliot Cuff (Brant Broughton); FF Michael Benson (Corby Glen) and FF Jason Shaw (Mablethorpe)
Mick Green, deputy chief fire officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Our comprehensive training course is designed to ensure that our recruits are prepared for the demands of being a modern firefighter and are able to start work at their stations right away.
“The course covers many topics, including: firefighter basic skills, ladder and pump drills, hydraulics, working from heights, Road Traffic Collisions, occupational first aid, legislation and health and safety.
“Having successfully completed the training these fire fighters will now head off to their respective fire stations and will be ready, when called, to serve their communities. We are delighted to welcome them to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and wish them all the best for the future.”
Cllr Peter Robinson, executive member for community safety at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I hope the new recruits, as well as their family and friends, will feel a sense of pride as successfully training to be a retained firefighter is a huge achievement.
“They have achieved the standards required of them and in due course will be operational members at their respective stations. Firefighters frequently put their lives at risk for others and play an enormous role in keeping the people of Lincolnshire safe, so I am very pleased to welcome them into the Fire and Rescue service.
“We wish them all the best for their future career.”