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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters celebrate success

19/11/2015

Firefighters have been congratulated after completing a challenging three-year development programme to become fully competent.

"The Celebration of Success is a wonderful opportunity for the friends and family to gain an understanding of all of the hard work and effort that the participants have put in over a number of years and it is a great chance for the Service to show its appreciation too."

Ed Case - Learning and Development Training Manager

Executive Director/Deputy Chief Executive Becci Bryant attended the awards ceremony along with Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority Len Bloomer.

The respective Station Managers and four members of the Ceremonial Squad also attended the event.

Those who received an award in the north of the county include:

Sam Copeland, Biddulph, Lee Turner, Burlsem, Graham Jones, Hanley, Carl Speakman, Burlsem, Gareth Salisbury, Kidsgrove, Oliver Thomas, Kidsgrove, Lee Towey, Ipstones, and Stephen Wright, Cheadle.

Those who received an award in the west of the county include:

Marc Longworth, Gnosall, and Joe Thompson, Codsall.

Those who received an award in the east of the county include:

Warren Clark, Lichfield, and Anthony Doolan, Barton-under-Needwood.

Learning and Development Training Manager Ed Case, who hosted the evening, said: "I’d like to congratulate everyone who has achieved the status of becoming fully competent. It is no mean feat, particularly on top of other commitments that people may have.

"The Celebration of Success is a wonderful opportunity for the friends and family to gain an understanding of all of the hard work and effort that the participants have put in over a number of years and it is a great chance for the Service to show its appreciation too."

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 how they trained for during the course. The firefighters are all retained which means they are on call and respond to emergencies via an alerter.

The recipients all 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.