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West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has welcomed six new retained (on-call) firefighters to the service.

The recruits successfully completed their intensive two-week course where they completed ladder drills, road traffic collision training and theoretical exams.

Retained firefighters often have full-time employment elsewhere but respond to emergency calls within their local area – either from their home or their main employment. 

Area Manager for Response, Steve Ash, met the recruits at their Pass Out Parade, held at Horley Fire Station on Friday, and formally welcomed them to the service.

Speaking after the event, he said: “During the Pass Out Parade, I witnessed an outstanding level of team-work, and I would like to congratulate the recruits for their hard work and perseverance in getting to this stage.

“Being a retained firefighter requires and exceptional amount of dedication. So, I would like to thank the recruits for helping to make a difference by serving their communities, and I extend my thanks to their families because this role impacts them, just as much as the firefighters.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing our new retained firefighters joining their crews at their local fire stations, and I wish them the very best on their journeys within the fire service.”

The firefighters and the stations they’re joining are as follows:

  • Paul Baker – Billingshurst Fire Station
  • Grzegorz Bakowski – Chichester Fire Station
  • Polly Gotham – Chichester Fire Station
  • Gary Moran – Steyning Fire Station
  • Colin Lane – Bognor Fire Station
  • George Marchant – Lancing Fire Station

You can find more information on becoming a retained firefighter here.