Six retained firefighters join service

Alex Wooding will join retained crews at Shoreham
Alex Wooding will join retained crews at Shoreham

SIX new retained firefighters have passed out and one of them is heading to Shoreham.

The new recruits completed their initial training course at Worthing Fire Station on Friday. Alex Wooding will join retained crews at Shoreham, Lee Barnard, Tim Laker and Scott Halliday are heading to Storrington, Robert Hirst will be based in East Preston and Joshua Day in East Grinstead.

They were presented with their certificates by deputy chief fire officer Lee Neale.

He said: “Being a retained firefighter is a demanding but highly-rewarding job that requires a high level of commitment and personal discipline. I am confident our new firefighters will be a real asset to their respective fire stations and local communities.

“West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We still need firefighters at other retained fire stations around the county – all you need in the first instance is to be over 18, have a good level of fitness and live within four minutes’ travel of the station.

“The retained duty system relies on the support of local employers who recognise the importance of allowing their staff to respond to incidents. There are benefits to the employer as well – retained firefighters learn new skills, like first aid and LGV driving, which they may be able to use in their full time jobs as well.”