Yesterday (Sunday 7 August), Surrey Fire and Rescue Service welcomed 16 new firefighters at a pass out parade.
The firefighters will be based at a Haslemere, Banstead, Walton, Egham, Camberley, Dorking, Godstone, Fordbridge, Guildford, Esher, Woking and Leatherhead Fire Stations.
The group were presented their certificates and welcomed to the service by the Service’s Chief of Staff, Bernie Beckett, who said: “I am delighted to welcome our latest 16 colleagues into our service. We know how much strength, determination, team work and true grit each and every one of them have been through to get to this point, and I am so proud.
“I’d also like to take the time to acknowledge the family and friends who have helped them get to this point and who will support them going forward. They are also being welcomed into our fire family with open arms, which is why it’s so important to host these parades and meet them all.
“I look forward to working closer with you as you continue your career with us.”
Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Kevin Deanus, attended the parade and said: “It is an honour to attend these parades and welcome our next group of firefighters. The resent weeks have shown us how incredibly hard working our firefighters are with multiple incidents throughout the county due to the hot weather. Thank you to all of our fire and rescue service – and welcome to this new group.”
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is currently recruiting on-call firefighters and Joint Fire Control Operators. On-call firefighters respond via pager from their home or work. Joint Fire Control Operators are those taking 999 calls and mobilising for Surrey, East and West Sussex – they’re the first contact in someone’s time of need. Join a life-saving service and find out more by visiting www.surreycc.gov.uk/firecareers.