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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

New recruits welcomed to service

15/12/2017

Group photo of new recruits with Lord Lieutenant, Chief Fire Officer , Deputy Chief Fire Officer & trainers
Group photo of new recruits with Lord Lieutenant, Chief Fire Officer, Deputy Chief Fire Officer & trainers

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed 15 new recruits to the Service following an intense 15 week training course.

“I am really delighted to welcome our new recruits to the Service and I congratulate them on reaching this point in their training. This is a monumental and very proud moment for us as they’re the first wholetime firefighters to be recruited in eight years."

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

The recruits are the first wholetime firefighters to be recruited for eight years and were joined by family and friends at the Service’s Headquarters at Pirehill on Thursday December 14 for an official passing out parade.

 

They showed off their new operational skills by carrying out two demonstrations. They completed the rescue of two people wearing breathing apparatus to enter a smoke filled building. They also attended a mock road traffic collision, completing a roof removal and an extrication from a second vehicle before being presented with their certificates by Lord-Lieutenant Mr Ian Dudson CBE and Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Becci Bryant.

 

New recruits on the drill yard before their demonstrations

 

During their training the recruits have covered all aspects of the prevention and operational work they will perform in the role. They spent a whole week on prevent training, preparing them for the important work they will do in local communities when completing Safe and Well visits. Their operational skills include using breathing apparatus to work as a team in smoke logged buildings, running hoses from appliances to fire locations, Positive Pressure Ventilation (used to clear smoke logging), using hydraulic cutting equipment to free people trapped in vehicles after road traffic collisions and carrying out water rescues.

 

One of the recruits, Claire Lester, was also presented with a silver axe award for showing self-discipline, motivation and leadership qualities, for example assisting others and setting high standards.

 

CFO Becci Bryant said: “I am really delighted to welcome our new recruits to the Service and I congratulate them on reaching this point in their training. This is a monumental and very proud moment for us as they’re the first wholetime firefighters to be recruited in eight years.

 

“I hope they continue to enjoy their new roles and quickly get settled in out on station, where they will be out in our communities making a real difference to people’s lives.”

 

CFO Becci Bryant congratulating new recruits

 

Five of the recruits will be stationed at Leek; Jack Burton, Mark McManus, Lewis Jones, Lee Goodwin and Richard Simpson.

 

Matthew Bailey, Spencer Harrison-Edwards, and Rachel Unitt will be stationed at Hanley.

 

Ashley Beresford, and Michael Buczynski, will both join crews at Sandyford, while Jordan Sewell will join crews at Longton.

 

Sam Smith, will be based at Burton, Claire Lester will be at Tamworth, Tom Mabley will be at Lichfield and Matthew Owens will join crews at Stafford.