Call for recruits to fire service

By Richard Wright

Monday, August 6, 2012

 

Call for recruits to fire service

A passing out parade for the latest firefighters to join the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service. Picture by Peter Boam.

AN APPEAL for fresh part-time firefighters has followed the passing-out parade of new retained firemen.

Cream of the most recent crop of part-time firefighters was self-employed bricklayer Antony Price, who received the Recruit Achievement Award.

Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service workforce planning manager Graham Orchard said: "He was given the award for the way he learnt and demonstrated all the new skills and qualities required of a modern-day firefighter, consistently im-proving his performance during the two-week course."

The successful recruits now join their respective fire stations at East Cowes, Ryde, Ventnor and Yarmouth.

Despite the success of the new recruits, the service said it still has difficulty in some parts of the Island recruiting new retained firemen and women who can provide emergency cover alongside their normal jobs.

"Recruits’ courses are usually held once a year for the stations that have vacancies," said Mr Orchard.

"People looking for a fresh challenge, who live and work close to their local fire station, should look out for the recruitment adverts and apply to be part of a profession where they can put their life skills into action for their local community.

"Applications are invited from all sections of the community," he said.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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