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15 New On-Call Firefighters Pass-Out in Derbyshire


On Sunday 6 August 2017, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service welcomed 15 new On-Call Firefighters at a Pass-Out Ceremony attended by over 50 of their closest family and friends.

Following several weeks of training, spread over many weekends, the newest additions to the Service were formally recognised and welcomed by Derbyshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Tomlinson, before they embark on careers as On-Call Firefighters in development at fire stations across Derbyshire.  

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Tomlinson said: “A Pass-Out Ceremony is a special occasion for everyone as we celebrate our newest On-Call Firefighters and mark the beginning of the next phase of their Fire Service career.  

“Becoming an On-Call Firefighter is a big commitment, being available to respond to a pager at a moment’s notice, ready to respond to all manner of emergency incidents.  This would not be possible without the support of family, therefore it’s an honour to welcome not only our newest Firefighters, but also their families here today. 

“Each of our new Firefighters has received the highest possible level of training from a dedicated team of professionals, and I am confident that this will stand them in good stead as they join fire stations across the county.  

“I wish them every success as they enter what I know to be a challenging, yet rewarding career.” 

The 15 new On-Call Firefighters will take up posts at the following fire stations:     

Belper, Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Clay Cross, Crich, Dronfield, Glossop, Long Eaton, Staveley, Swadlincote and Wirksworth.  


Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is actively recruiting On-Call Firefighters for stations across the county.  On-Call Firefighters, are sometimes referred to as Retained Duty System (RDS) Firefighters.  On-Call Firefighters respond to emergency incidents via a pager.

For more information about the role of an On-Call Firefighter please visit on-call-firefighters  

Back Row: L-R.
FF Paul Shelton, FF Craig Woodward, FF Reece Barker, FF Wesley Southall, FF Luke Screen, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Gavin Tomlinson, FF Ryan Lindley, FF Joe Lomas 

Middle Row: L-R.
FF Kevin Spencer, FF Mark Cox, FF Justin Portsmouth, FF Rhys Blair, FF Lee Cooper

Front Row: L-R.
FF Anthony Booth, FF Danielle Heathcote, FF Joseph Carnell

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