15 new recruits join AF&RS after months of intensive training


recruitsAvon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) welcomes 15 new firefighters who graduated today (Thursday 1 April) following the successful completion of an intensive 12-week trainee firefighter course.

 With large gatherings still not permitted, the completion of their training was celebrated with a socially distanced ceremony held at the Service’s training centre at Severn Park, Avonmouth. The team of 13 men and two women, showcased their fire and rescue skills during the closed event, demonstrating the training they acquired during the intensive firefighting course.

 The graduation was recorded by the Service’s Videographer who captured footage throughout the day, the video will be shared with the recruits friends and families to ensure they felt part of the ceremony. The Service also plans to hold a separate ceremony at a later date once restrictions ease and social distancing measures are lifted, allowing the recruits family and friends to celebrate with their loved ones at the training centre.

 During the 12-week course, the recruits received 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 included: water rescues, working at height, using breathing apparatus and community fire safety.

Having successfully completed their intensive training course, the recruits will put their valuable training into practice and will join stations across the local area to kick-start their firefighting careers at AF&RS.

AF&RS Chief Fire Officer Mick Crennell said: “I would like to warmly welcome the latest recruits to AF&RS, and congratulate them on the completion of their 12-week intensive training course.  

“Throughout their training, the recruits have worked exceptionally hard, and today I was honoured to present them with their certificates of recognition.

“The role of a modern day firefighter has evolved over the past year, not only will the recruits play a vital role in making our communities safe and responding to emergency calls, the new firefighters will also spend a lot of their time out in the community, volunteering at Mass Vaccination Centres and delivering fire prevention and safety advice.

“I wish our new recruits the best of luck, firefighting is truly one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers. I look forward to watching our new graduates develop and hopefully have long and successful careers in our Service.”

To find out more about careers at AF&RS, visit our recruitment website.