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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-23-12

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Merseyside's newest firefighters save Santa

17 firefighters graduated from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's Training and Development Academy, on Wednesday, 20 December 2017. The Service's latest trainee firefighters celebrated their passing out with family, friends and colleagues. Following 18 weeks of rigorous and challenging training, the firefighters in development were proud to receive their Certificates of Achievement from Chief Fire Officer, Dan Stephens. The ceremony, held at the Croxteth based academy, saw the new recruits carry out skills demonstrations; which included firefighting and vehicle extractions, as well as the seasonal highlight… rescuing Father Christmas, who was 'stuck' on the roof of the Fire House. The service's Fire Choir treated guests to a set of festive Christmas favourites before the new firefighters addressed attendees, providing an overview of the course's most challenging and rewarding elements. CFO Stephens congratulated the recruits and commended each 1 for their success. Later, a very grateful Father Christmas was on hand to give gifts to the guests' children.

CFO Stephens said:- "I am delighted that our 17 newest recruits have made it through the rigorous training course to become operational firefighters for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. They have all shown diligence during their training; along with a strong team spirit which is essential for protecting our communities and their colleagues. I would like to personally congratulate each of the recruits for their hard work. I am extremely proud of each and every one of them and I wish them a long, happy career with the service."

After firstly passing a tough selection process, the firefighters started the course earlier in 2017, with training including fire and water rescue, rescue from high rise buildings, as well as tunnel and airport scenarios. Training was also received in skills such as engaging with the community and promoting fire safety awareness.


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