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On-Call Firefighters successfully complete Passout Parade

Ten On-Call Trainee Firefighters celebrated finishing their Firefighter training by successfully completing their Passout Parade yesterday (6 February).

The Passout Parade signifies the completion of 12 weeks of Firefighters foundation training at Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's Development Centre in Kempston.

Watch Commander and Training Instructor Luke Stanbridge said: "It has been a pleasure to train this cohort of Trainee On-Call Firefighters. Their approach and commitment to the course at each phase has been excellent and they have all worked extremely hard.

"Having supported each other throughout the training, they are a credit to themselves and the Service."

Family and friends who attended the event were able to see the trainees new found skills with live demonstrations of operational response, followed by formal presentations.

Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller said: "I would like to say a huge well done to everyone for completing this challenging training programme. I am delighted to welcome the new Firefighters to our Fire and Rescue Service and I look forward to seeing their journey continue with BFRS."

The ten On-Call Firefighters have now been deployed to stations across the county where they will help keep our communities in Bedfordshire safe.

Councillor John Chatterley, who delivered the closing speech, added: "On behalf of the members of the Bedfordshire Fire Authority, we wish the new recruits every success in their Service with BFRS."