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New firefighters complete intensive training

Matthew Booty, back row, second from right, will be based at Spalding Fire Station.
Matthew Booty, back row, second from right, will be based at Spalding Fire Station.

Spalding Fire Station will soon have a new recruit after five trainees completed training to become newly-qualified retained firefighters.

Matthew Booty will join the ranks at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue after successfully completing 11 weeks of intensive training at the Waddington Training Centre near Lincoln.

He was recognised at a passing out parade at Waddington on Sunday, when Matthew and his newly-qualified colleagues showcased their new skills and techniques, including rescuing casualties from the drill tower.

They were also presented with certificates which show they have completed Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s rigorous training programme on equipment and appliances as well as policies and procedures.

Stuart Ruff, acting assistant chief fire officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, commented: “We are delighted to welcome our newest recruits to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, who, after completing 11 weeks of rigorous training, will be serving their communities across the county.

“The course is designed to test the abilities and skills of our recruits, from basic skills and working from heights to road traffic collisions and health and safety, whilst preparing them for the demands of being a modern firefighter and ensuring they are able to start work at their stations right away.

“We wish them the best of luck as they head off to their respective fire stations to give back to their community.”

Cllr Nick Worth, executive member for fire and rescue at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I would like to personally congratulate the newest recruits on passing the demanding training programme to become a retained firefighter.

“Having taken part in the training myself, I know first-hand the demands the recruits are put under and how hard they work throughout the 11 weeks.

“I wish them all the very best as they embark on a new career with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue service serving Lincolnshire communities.”

Retained firefighters are ‘on call’ for the fire service, meaning they are usually employed elsewhere or are at home when they receive a pager alert, but are ready to spring into immediate action to deal with a 999 incident, which could include fires, floods, road traffic collisions and chemical spillages amongst others.

Applications are now being taken for the January course, so if you think you’d like to become an on-call firefighter, please call Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue on 0800 3580 204 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr


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