Eighteen new firefighters join Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
Today, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service welcomed its biggest new squad in over 10 years with eighteen new firefighters welcomed into the Service in front of their proud family and friends.
The firefighters were honoured at a dedicated passing out ceremony attended by Assistant Chief Officer Moira Bruin and Jane Gardner, Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.
The new recruits have been put through their paces over the last 15 weeks during an intensive training course at the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire and the Service Training Centre in Witham.
The training course has seen them learn the practical and technical skills needed as a firefighter to make Essex a safe place to live work and travel. They’ve been equipped with the skills and experience they need to deal with a variety of incidents from house fires and road traffic collisions to water rescues - the role is more than fighting fires.
The firefighters will now join crews in fire stations across the county where they will continue their training and develop their skills.
Assistant Chief Officer Moira Bruin said: “Thank you to each and every one of you for your commitment to serving the communities of Essex.
“I’m personally looking forward to getting to know you more, and visiting you at your stations and hearing about how you are helping to make Essex a safe place to live, work and travel.”
Could you join Essex County Fire and Rescue Service? Head over to www.join.essex-fire.gov.uk to find out more about the different roles on offer in the Service.