24 new full-time firefighters graduated from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service today. Fire and Rescue Service recruits showcased their skills at a ‘passing out parade’ after completing 13 weeks of training. A series of demonstrations including tackling a fire, performing a rescue from a third floor window and dealing with a road traffic collision took place while friends, family and others looked on.
Surrey’s new firefighters will be starting their new roles at various Fire Stations across the county in September. Additional training courses for more On-Call and full-time firefighters are planned for August and September this year.
Denise Turner-Stewart, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Fire and Resilience, said: “I’d like to sincerely congratulate our new firefighters on their significant achievement in completing this testing and intensive and challenging firefighter training. This latest training course is part of our ongoing recruitment drive for more full-time and On-Call firefighters.
I’m very proud of all of our dedicated and highly skilled firefighters who help keep Surrey safe 24/7, 365 days a year, both by responding to emergencies and by helping the public to prevent emergencies from happening in the first place. I wish our newest firefighters a very long and happy career ahead.”
Photo credit: Chris Sirett