Fire Service welcomes wholetime firefighter recruits

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) has welcomed 24 new recruits to the Service, after an extensive selection process. The recruits have already spent several weeks at the Services training Centre, Severn Park, and will remain there whilst completing their extensive training.

Crew Manager (CM) Mark Jacobson, Instructor at Severn Park said; “We are now two weeks into the recruits 14 week initial training course, this is the first of two whole time training schools for Avon this year with 24 recruits on the current school. They have so far spent a week with Weston College, having input on the apprenticeship scheme they will be undertaking through their training and probation period.

“They will then begin Core Training which is centred around pumps and ladders, after this they will move on to breathing apparatus and road traffic collision training. They will also be undertaking further training with the internal Learning and Development (L&D) Team during their time at Severn Park, L&D will be carrying out training around trauma care and safe working at height at Hicks Gate and Nailsea stations.”

You can follow the progress of the new recruits on our main Twitter account (@AvonFireRescue), with the recruits tweeting with the hashtag #WT0122. They will be sharing insights into training, behind the scenes information and what they get up to on a daily basis at Severn Park. CM Jacobson added: “They will be posting their journey on Twitter to show what they get up to through the course of their training. Hopefully this will give an insight to people looking to join the fire service what life at training school is like.”

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Simon Shilton said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome 24 new recruits to AF&RS to begin that I hope will be a prosperous fire service career.

“These new recruits have already undergone a rigorous selection process, and their next stage of training will see them put through their paces and prepared for life as a firefighter. Modern firefighting is about so much more than fires, encompassing elements such as complex rescues, prevention work and community engagement. AF&RS truly works to prevent and protect before all else, working to keep the community safe in all that we do.

“As they move through this process, I give the new recruits my best wishes and can assure them that is truly one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers.”

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