A heart for helping others is the common bond between two newly qualified firefighters now serving their communities in Holbeach and Long Sutton respectively.
Jamie, based at Long Sutton Fire Station, was named top recruit, while Cameron was posted to Holbeach Fire Station with the boost of having won the instructor’s award for his efforts during training.
Cameron said: “The training was mentally and physically demanding, but very disciplined at the same time.
“There were a lot of health and safety elements to it because not only are you risking your life to save other peoples’ lives, but you also have to be aware of the lives of your crew’s lives as well.”
Cameron, who works for his father’s building business, admitted that support from his family was vital in becoming an on-call firefighter.
I’ve served my country as a member of the Royal Engineers and now I’m serving my community as a firefighter, putting a little back into itJamie Foulsham, retained firefighter based at Long Sutton Fire Station
“I’ve always seen myself in the area of helping and rescuing people throughout my whole life,” Cameron said.
“My granded used to be a sub-officer at Holbeach Fire Station and he was the one who opened my eyes up to being a retained firefighter.
“But my family also had a massive part to play in it because you’re committed to a lot of things and you need your family’s support because they are affected by it as well.”
Jamie, a former Royal Engineer serviceman, said: “It’s very enjoyable and the skills that you learn really opens your eyes to who you are as a person, highlighting certain aspects of your character to work on.
“It was pride that I felt more than anything when I passed out on Sunday, June 12, at Waddington Training Centre.
“It was a really nice day because my wife and both of my boys were there, so it was good for them to see what I’ve done by them being behind me so much.
“I’ve served my country as a member of the Royal Engineers and now I’m serving my community as a firefighter, putting a little back into it.”
Crowland and Whaplode county councillor Nigel Pepper, a former firefighter himself, said: “It was a pleasure to see two local trainees from the South Holland area passing out as retained firefighters, both of whom excelled on the training course.
“On-call firefighters are well respected and appreciated by their local communities for the time and commitment they give.
“Having served as an retained firefighter for nearly 40 years, I fully understand this rewarding role which provides an essential service to the people of Lincolnshire.
“Therefore, I wish both Cameron and Jamie well for the future and hope they and their families enjoy their time with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service.”
Anyone interested in becoming a retained firefighter, who must be aged 18 or over, can call 0800 358 0204 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr