Out of the frying pan...into the fire

Chloe Housden is now a fulltime firefighter
Chloe Housden is now a fulltime firefighter

A Chatteris woman has swapped life in a kitchen for fighting fires.

Chloe Housden, 25, has worked hard to become a fulltime firefighter and has now joined the life-saving crew in Cambridge.

She is among the 21 new recruits who began their operational careers with the service last week following an intensive 11-week training course in Cardiff, delivered by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Chloe, who used to work in the catering industry, said: “I’ve trained really hard for this and lost 13 per cent of my body fat to make sure I’m in the best shape.

“I went to one of the service’s Have A Go days and was determined to get through.

“The training course may have only been 11 weeks but for me the journey feels much longer. The training has been challenging but so rewarding.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland said: “We are excited to welcome this large group of new firefighters to Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue to begin what is hopefully a great career with the fire service.

“There are many challenges that a firefighter in a modern fire and rescue service must face. As well as the physical challenges at operational incidents, they must also work closely and engage with the communities to pass on potentially life-saving advice.

“We wish this cohort of firefighters the best of luck and hope they enjoy helping us to make Cambridgeshire a safer place.”