Seven Cambridgeshire residents have passed out as on-call firefighters.
The new recruits are now delivering Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s life-saving work as part of on-call crews in their villages and communities.
The new recruits include:
• Sean Bellamy, 43, a glazer and carpenter at RA Baker Glazers, stationed at Ramsey
• Kevin Hall, 34, a HGV mechanic at Halls Distribution, stationed at Gamlingay
• Andrew Boughen, 36, employed at DS Smith Packaging, stationed at Littleport
• Sean Jordan, 23, works at Tesco in stock control, stationed at Huntingdon
• Perry Walton, 25, a civil engineer at Balfour Beatty, stationed at St Ives
• Stephen McCandless, 32, a mechanic at Kwik Fit, stationed at Sawtry
The on-call firefighters are trained professionals who respond to emergencies in their communities alongside their day-to-day lives.
They may be at home, work or out and about when they receive a pager alert and straight away they must jump into action and get ready to deal with any incident.
The new recruits are now on-call after completing their training at Huntingdon, which ran from September until December.
Some new recruits have other jobs and respond to 999 emergencies while they are at work thanks to the support of local employers, who recognise the importance of allowing their staff to respond to incidents.
There are also benefits to the employer and employee as on-call firefighters receive new skills and training which they may be able to use in their full time jobs as well.
On-call firefighters have to be aged 18 and over, have a good level of all- round fitness and live or work within five minutes travelling time of an on-call fire station.
CFRS is recruiting for on-call firefighters and to find out more call 01480 444500 or log on to www.cambsfire.gov.uk.
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (January 23) Echo.