Five retained firefighters have been congratulated after completing a challenging three-year development programme to become fully competent.
"All five of the firefighters have worked incredibly hard to achieve the status of becoming fully competent firefighters – it is no mean feat, particularly on top of their other commitments."
Station Manager Alan Snell
Steffan Smith, Danielle Griffiths, Paul Barks, Colin Wright and Fay Cooper have now passed all of the necessary tests to reach the level of a competent firefighter.
They were awarded certificates at a Celebration of Success evening at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters on Wednesday.
They are based at Stone, Kinver, Ipstones, Burslem and Rugeley fire stations respectively.
Following an initial induction, the retained firefighters have studied four modules acquiring the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding in using firefighting equipment, dealing with hazardous materials, wearing breathing apparatus, medical assistance, water training and using specialist cutting equipment at road traffic collisions.
During the evening of celebration, the new firefighters, their families and friends viewed a DVD which demonstrated and trained for during the course.
Station Manager Alan Snell, who presented the certificates, said: “All five of the firefighters have worked incredibly hard to achieve the status of becoming fully competent firefighters – it is no mean feat, particularly on top of their other commitments.
“The Celebration of Success was a wonderful opportunity to recognise and thank them for all of their hard work. It was also a chance for their families and friends to gain an insight into the range of training they have undertaken and the depth of knowledge they are now armed with.”
The firefighters are all retained, meaning they are on call and respond to emergencies via an alerter.
The recipients joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service within the last 36 months and have been working over this period of time to complete each of the training modules whilst serving at their respective stations.