New on-call firefighters begin training

Nine new trainees have begun training at the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service's joint police and fire training centre in Ripley.

It's understood that two of these will be covering Glossop. 

Welcoming the latest on-call recruits, Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Gavin Tomlinson said: “Becoming an on-call firefighter is a big commitment that sees trainees go on to serve the community they live or work in. 

“Most on-call firefighters have other primary employment which means they’re giving up their time, or have an agreement with their employer, to be available to respond to a pager at a moment’s notice.  

“Over the course, trainees will gain new skills as they learn how to respond professionally to a range of emergencies. It will be challenging and exciting for our latest trainees as they learn how to work effectively as a team in challenging situations, making new lifelong friends as they go. 

“I look forward to following their progress throughout training and seeing them pass out as competent on-call firefighters.”

Image credit: Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service

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