2/19 cohort are now competent firefighters


​Congratulations to six of our Wholetime 02/19 firefighters who have now successfully finished their Operational Firefighter Level 3 Apprenticeship. 

They were our second cohort of apprentice firefighters starting in September 2019 and have now fully completed within their expected two-year development programme timescale by passing their 2 day End Point Assessment at SDC to test their technical skills, knowledge and behaviours. The End Point Assessment was conducted by an external assessment team from other Fire and Rescue Services as a recognised benchmark of our new firefighters’ operational competence.

As well as working towards their firefighter Apprenticeship, our Second course of Apprentices undertook the Firefighter National Occupational Standards acquisition to fully demonstrate workplace competency. The final assessments took place in July and September at the Service Development Centre and some elements at Stockhill Fire Station with ten distinctions being awarded by the external awarding body to the firefighters to mark strong performance in the theory exams, practical scenario assessments and professional discussions. 

At the end of all the various assessments, FFs Danielle Bailey, Jack Smith, Deon Meikle and Ben Sanders all achieving an overall pass with FFs Helen Jackman and Phil Anderson gaining an overall Distinction grade in their apprenticeship EPA.

This success was as a result of their dedication, commitment and professionalism throughout their development programme.

The Work Based Assessment team, SDC trainers, line manager assessors and the internal quality assurance practitioners have provided support in particularly challenging circumstances that has resulted from the Covid -19 pandemic.

A big thanks goes out to all involved in this great team achievement. And again, well done to the newly competent firefighters of WDS 2/19.

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