Retained firefighter recruits pass training

The recruits with CFO Paul Hedley, left, and Keith Laidler, group manager for learning and development, right.
The recruits with CFO Paul Hedley, left, and Keith Laidler, group manager for learning and development, right.

Retained firefighter recruits have finished their full initial training and will now take up posts at fire stations around the county.

The group, who recently completed the breathing apparatus part of the course, will fill positions in Rothbury, Ponteland, Prudhoe and Hexham.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service’s chief fire officer Paul Hedley said: “It’s a privilege for me to welcome our latest on-call firefighters into the Service.

“It’s a real credit to them all that they’ve successfully completed what is a challenging and intensive initial training programme, and we’re looking forward to them becoming part of their local station establishments to continue their professional development and work with their colleagues to protect their communities.

“Being a retained firefighter is a rewarding role and they do an amazing job responding to emergency calls, delivering community safety and supporting their communities.

“We are actively looking to increase our on-call numbers across Northumberland; it is a role that is open to absolutely anyone who can pass the entrance standards and we provide support to applicants to help them through the application and selection process.”

For details, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/Fire/Recruitment.aspx or call 01670 621126.