West Sussex Fire & Rescue welcomed ten new retained firefighters into the Service following their pass out at Worthing Fire Station today (Friday June 19th).
Aaron Secrett, Jordan Russell, Ricky Hunt, Tom Gumbrell, Casey Poor, Patrick Silcocks, Robert Legg, Jacob Peak, Dan Brennan, and Laura Fitch have just completed an intensive two week initial training course and now have the essential knowledge and skills to join their colleagues at fire stations around the county.
Retained firefighters are paid to be ‘on call’ for the fire service, meaning they are often employed elsewhere or are at home when they receive a pager alert, but are ready to spring into immediate action to deal with a 999 incident.
In West Sussex, retained firefighters fully crew 14 of the 25 fire stations and are vital to the delivery of the county’s fire and rescue service. They receive an annual retaining fee as well as additional payments for any incidents or community safety events they attend.
They receive regular training in firefighting, rescue and extrication techniques equipping them with the skills to deal with fires, road traffic accidents and a wide range of other emergencies, enabling them to save lives in their local community.
The new firefighters were presented with their certificates by Assistant Chief Fire Officer for West Sussex, Gavin Watts, who said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome our new firefighters into the team and I wish them a long and rewarding career in the Fire Service. Retained firefighters make such a valuable contribution to their local communities and our Service couldn’t operate without their considerable dedication and commitment.
“The retained system only works thanks to the support of local employers. There are many businesses in West Sussex that recognise that allowing their staff to become retained firefighters benefits the community, their staff and themselves.
“We still need more firefighters to be on call at many of our Fire Stations. Retained firefighters come from all walks of life and we would encourage enquiries from all sections of the community.”
To find out how to become a retained firefighter in West Sussex visit our recruitment pages.