A passing out parade celebrating the hard work of Norfolkâ€™s newest full-time firefighters has been held in Norwich.Â
Senior Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service staff, friends and families of the new recruits gathered at the Training Centre in Bowthorpe today (Friday).
Over the last 12 weeks, the whole time staff have been through a rigorous practical and written training plan to learn the key skills of the job.
Their training will now continue as they join their Watches in Carrow (Norwich), Great Yarmouth and Kingâ€™s Lynn, where they will be in development for the next couple of years.
As well as learning how to use the equipment and breathing apparatus as part of their course, they have taken part in activities including:
â€¢ Simulating a high-rise tower block fire
â€¢ Training with MOD fire colleagues at RAF Mildenhall
â€¢ Mock road traffic collisions
â€¢ Water rescue
During the passing out parade, the fire fighters demonstrated their new skills by carrying out mock scenarios including a road traffic collision, car fire, building fire and a rescue from height.
Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Norfolk County Councilâ€™s Communities Committee, said: â€œItâ€™s great to see these people starting their career ladders to this new and exciting job. Their work in keeping the communities of Norfolk safe is so worthwhile and valuable to all of us and I wish them well in their new roles.â€
Craig Campbell, Station ManagerÂ (Learning and Development) at Bowthorpe, said: â€œThey have worked very hard and learnt a lot in the last 12 weeks, embedding the core skills that are needed to do the job. They are all now looking forward to putting these skills into practice and serving the communities of Norfolk.â€
Chief Fire Officer David Ashworth said: â€œI wish the new recruits well in their careers with Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service.â€