Posted: Thursday 11 July 2019, 11:11
Today, Thursday 11 July 2019, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service welcomed 11 new On-Call Firefighters at a Pass-Out Ceremony attended by over 70 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 Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive, Terry McDermott, before embarking on careers as On-Call Firefighters in development at fire stations across Derbyshire.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chief Fire Officer Terry McDermott 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 11 new recruits will take up posts at the following fire stations: Alfreton, Bakewell, Bolsover, Duffield, Glossop, Heanor, Matlock and Staveley.
A first for Derbyshire, saw husband and wife, Andrew and Beverly Bridgewater, pass out from the same trainee course. They will now move onto the next stage of their fire service career as Firefighters at Bolsover Fire Station.
For every course there is a Silver Axe awarded to the trainee who has consistently achieved a high standard both in technical and practical aspects of the course from the first day. The individuals have also shown a high level of commitment and teamwork, displaying an excellent attitude and work ethic. As this pass-out ceremony was combined for two courses, there were two Silver Axes awarded.
For more information about the rewarding role of an On-Call Firefighter visit www.oncallfire.uk