Burgess Hill Fire Station has welcomed a new retained firefighter to its team.
Aaron Secrett will join up with the rest of team after completing a pass out at Worthing Fire Station on Friday June 19.
In total, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has appointed ten new retained firefighters.
They have just completed an intensive two week initial training course, giving them the essential knowledge and skills to join their colleagues at fire stations around the county.
Retained firefighters are paid to be ‘on call’ for the fire service, meaning they are often employed elsewhere or are at home when they receive a pager alert, but are ready to spring into immediate action to deal with a 999 incident.
In West Sussex, retained firefighters fully crew 14 of the 25 fire stations and are vital to the delivery of the county’s fire and rescue service. Gavin Watts, assistant chief fire officer for West Sussex, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome our new firefighters into the team and I wish them a long and rewarding career in the fire service.
“Retained firefighters make such a valuable contribution to their local communities and our service couldn’t operate without their considerable dedication and commitment.
“There are many businesses in West Sussex that recognise that allowing their staff to become retained firefighters benefits the community, their staff and themselves.
“We still need more firefighters to be on call at many of our fire stations. Retained firefighters come from all walks of life and we would encourage enquiries from all sections of the community.”
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