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Fire services join forces for firefighter course

Three fire services are joining forces for the first time to run a joint training course for full-time firefighters.

Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are running the 13-week course which started on Monday 14 January.

Twenty-four recruits are taking part – 12 from Surrey, eight from West Sussex and four from East Sussex.

The new recruits (pictured right) will be put through their paces at Surrey’s training centre Wray Park, with instructors from all three services as tutors.

Mark Arkwell, Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We’re pleased to be joining forces with our partners in East and West Sussex to equip our latest recruits with the skills they need to be 21st century firefighters – how to keep themselves, their team-mates and Surrey residents safe, through protecting communities from incidents happening in the first place as well as responding if they do.

“It’s just one part of the ongoing work we’re doing to recruit the firefighters we need and this collaborative approach helps us do that in an efficient and effective way.”

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