Suffolk duo make the switch to join fire service

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Two firefighters from the area are among 20 people switching careers to join the frontline in Cambridgeshire.

Danny Johnston, from Haverhill, and Linton-based Richard Gethin will begin their operational careers with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) after an intensive 11-week training course.

Mr Johnston, 34, will be based at Cambridge Fire Station, while Mr Gethin will be based at Ely Fire Station.

During training, the duo were put through their paces, learning how to deal with an array of emergency situations including fires, rescues from water and road traffic collisions.

Their training culminated with a demonstration and pass out parade at Cardiff Gate, where the course was delivered.

Mr Johnston said: “In the fitness industry I’ve worked with different groups of people including people with learning difficulties, the elderly and different children.

“Communicating with all these different people has given me transferable skills and really isn’t too dissimilar from what firefighters do in their community.”

Mr Gethin said: “I enjoyed the feeling I got at Linton.

“You get back to the station and got a real feeling of pride that you’d helped someone and I just wanted that all the time.

“This role is more challenging and also more rewarding than my previous job as a supermarket assistant.”

Chief fire officer Chris Strickland said: “We are excited to welcome this cohort of new firefighters to CFRS to begin what is hopefully a great career with the fire service.

“There are many challenges that a firefighter in a modern fire and rescue service must face.

“As well as the physical challenges at operational incidents, they must also work closely and engage with communities to deliver lifesaving advice.”