Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) has five new full time firefighters, after five of its On Call firefighters successfully completed a further training programme.
The firefighting hopefuls were taken through their paces on a four week training course, completing rigorous exercises to develop their skills in a variety of areas.
This training included water rescues, ventilation techniques and road traffic collisions, as part of the conversion course which ended on Friday 16 August.
They will now be deployed to stations across the county as full time firefighters, while continuing to support their On Call colleagues at their original stations.
One of the firefighters said: “Becoming a wholetime firefighter was something I wanted to do after learning and developing skills through the On Call section of the fire service.
“I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to serve the wider community across the county.”
Training Centre Commander Andy Horner said: “We’re delighted that these five firefighters enjoyed providing their On Call role so much that they decided to sign up full time, and it’s been great to see their skills develop over the past four weeks.
“Each of the firefighters have had to come through the same selection process as wholetime firefighters and achieved a performance that places them in the top three percent of more than 600 applications this year.”
Area Commander Andy Peckham, Head of Response, said: “These five firefighters have all demonstrated a desire to learn and a commitment to the Service while in their training and will undoubtedly make a great impression on their colleagues when they get out to their fire stations.
“By recognising their prior learning, we are able to progress them to stations fighting fires and rescuing people even quicker.
“We’re always looking for people from a variety of backgrounds to join our Service and we would encourage anyone who is interested in becoming an On Call firefighter to visit our website to find out more.”
To find out more about being an On Call firefighter, visit www.bedsfire.gov.uk