New fire recruits ‘look to make a difference’

Pictured (above and below) are six of the new firefighters who will be serving at Boston, Kirton and Leverton Fire Stations.
Pictured (above and below) are six of the new firefighters who will be serving at Boston, Kirton and Leverton Fire Stations.

Seventeen recruits, including six from the Boston area, are now embarking on their role as firefighters for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters Demi Barai and Ross Clemow, from Boston, will serve at Boston Fire Station, Cameron Gough, from Hoffleet Stow, and Daniel Gutteridge, from Kirton, at Kirton Fire Station, and Charles Cutts and Michael Atkinson, from Leverton, at Leverton Fire Station.

A group of the newly recruited firefighters. EMN-170321-170546001

A group of the newly recruited firefighters. EMN-170321-170546001

After 32 days of intensive training, the firefighters are now qualified.

They completed training at the Waddington Training Centre, near Lincoln, and attended a passing out parade at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue HQ, in Lincoln.

Firefighters showcased their skills by undertaking a practice drill before being presented with their certificates.

Mick Green, deputy chief fire officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Our intensive training course is designed to ensure recruits are well prepared for the demands of being a modern firefighter and are able to start work at their stations and serve their community right away.

More of the new recruits for Lincolnshire Fire Service. EMN-170323-152225001

More of the new recruits for Lincolnshire Fire Service. EMN-170323-152225001

“I’m sure they feel a sense of pride in passing this challenging course, and we are delighted to welcome them to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.”

Firefighter Charles Cutts, 22, said, “I wanted to be a firefighter to make a difference, and do a job with responsibility that’s also rewarding.

“It’s an intense course but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I’m nervous about my first call out but looking forward to the challenge. I would encourage people to give their spare time to become a retained firefighter purely because you won’t find another job like it.”

Firefighter Cameron Gough, 35, said, “Passing out as a retained firefighter is an ambition come true, it’s my way of giving back.

“Luckily my employer is very supportive and will allow me to be on call while I’m at work.”

The course that the new recruits completed is just one of the four which take place each year.

Mick Green said: “The course covers many topics, including: firefighter basic skills, ladder and pump drills, hydraulics, working from heights, road traffic collisions, occupational first aid, legislation and health and safety.”

Applications are now being taken for the course in June, starting on Wednesday, June 14.

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue is recruiting for on-call firefighters across the county.

There are six stages of the recruitment process to become an on-call firefighter.

To find out more details, call 0800 3580 204.

Or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr