Following three months of arduous testing, the first group of 14 firefighter trainees have begun their training at NFRS headquarters.
Initial training will last for 14 weeks and then they will be posted to stations across the county to commence their on-station development.
One of the new recruits, Nicola Hawes said: "I've always wanted to be a firefighter. It's a role where I can push myself and be a role model in the community and to other women. I can't wait to get started!"
Michael Westwell, another of the new recruits , says that being a firefighter is more than just job.
He said: "For me, being a firefighter is a way of life. It's a chance to give something back to the community and make my children proud."
The next initial training programme will commence in January, with a further group of 12 trainees; followed by a final course in the autumn of 2019.
This is our first intake of trainee firefighters since 2013 and it will boost ridership numbers in 2019 to cover current vacancies and anticipated turnover for the next two to three years.
UPDATE: See below video update on the new recruits first week of training at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service!