March men among recruits

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE Fire and Rescue has welcomed fire new retained firefighters including two new recruits at March.

Chris Allcock (29) and Gabe Hearnshaw (30) have both joined March Fire Station as retained officers.

They were among five recruits who joined the county’s service in March this year and have now completed their initial two week training course at the Training Centre in Huntingdon.

A retained firefighter is on-call, meaning they may be at homr or at their full-time job when they receive a pager alert, when they jump into action and get ready to deal with any incident.

They are fully trained and skilled professionals who save lives in their communities.

The new recruits are all now on-call, ready to join their crews and attend emergencies in their local communities.

In about six months, after they have received practical experience and attended incidents they will attend Breathing Apparatus (BA) training, after which they will be able to play a bigger role in incidents.

All the new recruits have full-time jobs, and many are on call while they are at work. The retained duty system relies on the support of local employers, who recognise the importance of allowing their staff to respond to incidents.

There are also benefits to the employer and employee as retained firefighters receive new skills and training which they may be able to use in their full-time jobs as well.