Congratulations to the trainee firefighters who recently ‘passed out’ after completing their initial training course.

The course, which takes place at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service’s Training Centre in Droitwich, provides full time training to a group of recruit firefighters. After they complete this initial 11-week intensive training programme, the trainee firefighters then join their own ‘watches’ at fire stations across Herefordshire and Worcestershire where they continue their training and are continually assessed.

The training course ensures they are instructed in the following skills: firefighter ‘core skills’, road traffic collision, breathing apparatus, hazardous materials, community safety and service delivery as well as understanding the importance of working with other partner organisations such as the police and ambulance service.

The recent pass out parade was attended by the trainee firefighters’ family and friends as well as senior fire officers and local dignitaries.

Although the fire service is not currently recruiting for full time firefighters, there are on-call vacancies at Droitwich Fire Station. Fire stations have an on-call fire engine, which is crewed by a dedicated team of women and men who work and/or live in their local communities and respond to emergency calls whenever they are needed.

Photos – courtesy of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service