Fire service welcomes new recruits

Published: 17 Oct 2017


The newest firefighters to join Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service officially passed out from their basic training at Longfield Training Centre, Stevenage at the weekend (Saturday 14 October).

Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen formally welcomed 20 trainee firefighters into their roles following 15 weeks of intensive training, watched by proud family and friends.

Darryl said: “I would like to congratulate all the new recruits and welcome them to their new roles. They stand at the beginning of a unique career which offers them an exceptional range of opportunities and experiences. They have worked extremely hard to achieve the high standards we expect from our firefighters and complete this challenging course. They will now play a key role in their stations across the county to help keep the people of Hertfordshire safe.”

The new recruits are:

• Lee Addington, 30, from Stotfold, who will be posted to Blue Watch Stevenage
• Simon Baker, 28, from Tring, who will be posted to White Watch Hemel Hempstead
• Ryan Breeze, 24, from Wheathampstead, who will be posted to Green Watch Hemel Hempstead
• Craig Clark, 24, from Borehamwood, who will be posted to White Watch Watford
• Ayman Elswaf, 23, from Cheshunt, who will be posted to Red Watch Watford
• Tom Golder, 24, from Hatfield, who will be posted to Blue Watch Hemel Hempstead
• Mark Golding, 27, from Potters Bar, who will be posted to Green Watch Watford
• Ben Halcomb, 27 from Watford, who will be posted to Blue Watch Watford
• Joseph Heard, 24, from Much Hadham, who will be posted to White Watch Hemel Hempstead
• Charlie Holton, 22 from Cheshunt, who will be posted to Red Watch Stevenage
• Ewan McGill, 20, from Shefford, who will be posted to Green Watch Stevenage
• Andrew Parr, 30, from Baldock, who will be posted to Green Watch Stevenage
• Tom Petrie, 23, from Hunsdon, who will be posted to White Watch Cheshunt
• Emma Plunkett, 26, from Brickett Wood, who will be posted to Green Watch Hemel Hempstead
• Josh Rex-Barnes, 26, from Luton, who will be posted to Blue Watch Hemel Hempstead
• Louis Scarrott, 24, from Hertford, who will be posted to Red Watch Hemel Hempstead
• Christian Silver, 24, from Ware, who will be posted to White Watch Stevenage
• Andrew Stone, 32, from Royston, who will be posted to Royston Fire Station
• James Thornton, 26, from Harpenden, who will be posted to Red Watch Welwyn Garden City
• James Walker, 27, from Tring, who will be posted to Red Watch Hemel Hempstead

Colin Woodward, Deputy Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “These new recruits should be very proud of themselves for completing this challenging training, proving their dedication.

“Each one of them has gained an essential grounding in the diverse range of skills needed to be an effective firefighter. These include both operational work and fire prevention, as they will spend a lot of their time in the community, educating members of the public about fire hazards as well as fighting fires. I’m sure they will make a great contribution to their stations and the local communities they serve.”

During the course the trainees worked hard to achieve the high standards of skills and abilities necessary for the role. The course covered essential subjects such as firecraft, breathing apparatus, fire behaviour and tactical ventilation, road traffic collision, first aid and trauma care. Their training will now continue at their individual stations where they will maintain and develop these skills

At the same event, the fire service also welcomed six new fire control operators who will answer 999 calls and manage the emergency response from the service control centre in Stevenage. They are:

• Katy Beadle, 27, from Sandy in Bedfordshire
• Ciara Devine, 27, from Gamlingay in Cambridgeshire
• Gemma Lee, 30, from Baldock
• Tahnee Legate, 23, from Stevenage
• Sarah Miller, 32, from Stevenage
• Jonathan Sumners, 27, from Stotfold in Bedfordshire

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