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New firefighters complete training

13 August 2019

A passing out parade has been held for Norfolk's newest on-call firefighters as they completed the first stage of their training.

Eight new firefighters will report for duty at their local fire stations from next week as they have now passed their initial two week training course at Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service's training centre in Bowthorpe.

The latest members of staff will be based at Thetford (x2), Attleborough, Loddon, Methwold, East Harling, Sandringham and King's Lynn.

During the intensive training, trainee firefighters learned how to deal with different types of incident, including fires and road traffic incidents, as well as how to work safely at height and near water.  They also had to complete theory work and first aid courses.

Their training will continue over the next couple of years with the support of the crews at their home stations.  Relatives of the recruits were invited to the passing out parade, where the new staff got to showcase some of their new skills with demonstrations.

On-call firefighters must live or work within five minutes of a retained fire station and many juggle their lifesaving work with other careers.  On-call roles allow people to continue with existing careers and commitments while taking on this new challenge and the service is reliant on them.

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service is still searching for more new potential recruits to join them in helping to keep rural communities safe.

Of Norfolk's 42 fire stations, 39 are reliant on on-call staff, either wholly or in part, who can be called upon when there is an incident in their area.

Retained firefighters receive a retainer for being on call and carry an alerter which lets them know when an incident occurs and, on average, on-call firefighters earn £7,000 a year.  As well as the retained fee, firefighters are paid per call out and for their weekly training session.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Cabinet Member for Communities at Norfolk County Council, said:  "The commitment shown by these new firefighters is paramount to helping the service keep the communities of Norfolk safe. The more on-call staff we have, the quicker our response times can be.  I wish them luck in their new roles."

Norfolk's Chief Fire Officer Stuart Ruff welcomed the new members of staff to the service and congratulated them on completing their on-call training.

There are still vacancies for on-call firefighters across Norfolk. If you think you have got what it takes and want a rewarding career and to become part of the fire service family, visit the Norfolk Fire &Rescue Service website.

Current on-call vacancies are at fire stations in Acle, Attleborough, Dereham, Diss, Fakenham, Great Yarmouth, Heacham, Hethersett, Hingham, Holt, Hunstanton, King's Lynn, Methqold, Mundesley, North Earlham, Outwell, Reepham, Sandringham, Sheringham, Stalham, Swaffham, Terrington, Thetford, Watton, Wells, Wroxham and Wymondham.

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