Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service train new generation of firefighters

The next generation of firefighters in Northumberland have been welcomed.

Tuesday, 12th October 2021, 3:57 pm
The new recruits at Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

Twelve new recruits are about to start their rigorous training at Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service’s West Hartford Fire Station.

It will only be the second time in 40 years that whole time firefighters have been trained in-house by the service.

Group Manager for Learning and Development Gary McMorran said: "We have an incredible amount of expertise in the fire service and fantastic facilities.

"This is a huge accolade and seeks to demonstrate the excellence and quality we deliver.

“This is also a very proud moment for the service and for the Learning and Development Department and we are grateful to Northumberland County Council for supporting this opportunity.”

The course will run over eight weeks where the new recruits will learn about equipment and procedures relevant to the risks in Northumberland.

As well as firefighting, training will cover road traffic collisions, chemical incidents and water rescues. This will provide the trainees with the essential skills and knowledge when they are at their assigned stations.

Group Manager McMorran added: “The extremely modern facilities we have in Northumberland are perfect for the delivery of such courses, supported by our dedicated and fully qualified training staff.”

Northumberland Fire Authority Chair Councillor Horncastle said: "I wish all of the new recruits the best of luck in their new careers.

"They have already shown us they have the skills and commitment to succeed and I know through their training they will quickly learn what makes being a firefighter one of the most rewarding paths you can choose to take in your professional life.”