Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (BFRS) newest recruits started their three month long training course on Monday (16 September) at the Kempston Training and Development Centre.
During the next few months, they will be put through their paces learning about a range of topics and practice scenarios including road traffic collisions and rescuing people from smoke filled buildings.
Following the successful completion of the training course, they will be deployed to fire stations across the county as wholetime firefighters.
Group Commander Ian McLaren, said: “We’re delighted to welcome these 16 new recruits to our Service and we wish them all their best with their training.
"It will be intense and extremely challenging, as they learn how to deal with life and death situations while gaining an understanding of fire science, as well as how to use all the pieces of specialist equipment stored on the fire engines.
“We welcome people from a variety of backgrounds to our Service and regularly advertise for a number of roles, both operational and in a support staff capacity.”
Visit the BFRS website for details of all the latest vacancies, and follow @BedsFire on social media to track the new recruits on their training journey.