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New Apprentices Start at Avon Fire and Rescue

The second cohort of trainee have started their journey with Avon Fire and Rescue, to become firefighters.

The fire and rescue services' joint training centre at Severn Park, Avonmouth will be home to the new recruits as they move through an intensive 14-week training course.

Training will cover important firefighting skills and knowledge such as pumps and ladders, breathing apparatus and road traffic collisions.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Shilton said: “We are very pleased to welcome these 24 new recruits into our fantastic service, marking the start of what I hope will be a long and prosperous fire service career for each of them.

“Whilst the recruits have already undergone a rigorous selection process, this stage of training will now see them put through their paces to prepare for life as firefighters. As modern firefighters, the recruits are being prepared for a varied role encompassing elements such as complex rescues, prevention work and community engagement.

“As they move through this exciting process, I give the new recruits my best wishes and offer them my assurance that this is truly one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers.”

Tracie Leahy, Head of Apprenticeship and Traineeship Hub at Weston College, added: “It is a really exciting time for these apprentices, who are starting their journey into such a fantastic career.

“We are delighted to be supporting Avon Fire and Rescue with this initiative, and help them deliver training for our future firefighters.

“This is a really popular opportunity, so if you’d like to apply for the next cohort, then please feel free to contact my team: apprenticeships@weston.ac.uk, and we will be able to help you.”

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