15 new firefighters join Avon Fire & Rescue Service

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is delighted to welcome 15 new recruits to the Service, following an extensive recruiting process. The new faces are already a couple of weeks into their intensive 12-week training course at the Services training centre, Severn Park.

During the course, the recruits will receive a combination of practical and theoretical training to equip them with all of the skills and knowledge they need to ensure that they are able to serve and protect our communities. Elements of the training will include: water rescues, working at height, breathing apparatus training and community fire safety.

Chief Fire Officer Mick Crennell said:  “We are delighted to be welcoming 15 new recruits to AF&RS to begin what is hopefully a great career with the fire service.

“The role of a modern day firefighter has changed overtime, not only will the new recruits will play a vital role in making our communities safe and respond to emergency calls,  they will also spend a lot of their time out in the community delivering fire prevention advice and other safety messages. They will also be expected to deliver presentations when safe to do so to school children and community groups, as well as conduct home fire safety visits talking to people about how they can plan to avoid and survive a fire if it occurs.

“We are also pleased to have successfully recruited a diverse group of talented people from across different parts of our community, and who represent the diverse communities we serve. The new recruits will be responsible for representing the Service and its values while working to engage with, and promote diversity in our communities.

“Being a firefighter is a challenging yet rewarding opportunity and I wish our new recruits the very best of luck.”

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