They have come from all walks of life. Some have served the public in different organisations, in the Armed Forces, as Teachers or within the police force. They now all have one thing in common. They are all firefighters.
The latest group of wholetime trainees have now passed out from training school to begin their careers as firefighters on station.
The 12 trainees are part of the cohort recruited as part of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (NFRS) wholetime firefighter recruitment campaign in March 2018.
The 12-week course has seen the trainees learn about all aspects of the role of a firefighter, and is the initial phase of training to equip them with the skills needed to be able to work on a fire station, respond to emergency calls and work in the community on fire safety education and promotion.
Ahead of the pass out ceremony, Chief Fire Officer John Buckley, said: “We are proud to celebrate the first successful steps of our trainees on their journey to becoming fully qualified firefighters.
“Each and every one of them will have different reasons for choosing to become firefighters, but over the last three months, these individuals have been united in their training, and their common goal – to help prevent incidents and to save lives within their communities.
“They have worked hard and have learnt a huge amount and they now have the essential foundations that will take them forward to the next stage of their training, on fire stations across the county.”
The ceremony took place at NFRS’ Service Development Centre in Ollerton, where the trainees had the chance to show family and members of the Service a practical demonstration of responding to a building fire.
Thomas Shenton, said: “Prior to joining NFRS, I worked with people in my local community who have mental health and learning disabilities, and becoming a firefighter has been my ambition for as long as I can remember.
“I have found the training course challenging both physically and mentally, but I have loved every minute of it. I have met some amazing people both trainees and trainees on my journey so far and I am really looking forward to developing my skills further at West Bridgford Fire Station.”
Maria Metzger, said: “Prior the joining NFRS, I worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and as a Physiotherapist for NHS.
“Whilst working with the ambulance service, I attended various incidents alongside the fire service alongside the fire service. This is what first attracted me to being a firefighter as I saw that the role was highly dynamic and I knew that working in it would provide me with further challenges.”