Cornwall’s newest firefighters take to their stations

Thursday 13th December 2018 08:35 GMT

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s newest recruits have completed their initial training and are ready to help protect their local communities.

The group - eight on call firefighters and four Tri Service Safety Officers - were officially welcomed to the service following a passing out parade at the Brigade’s headquarters in Tolvaddon, near Camborne.

As part of training, the group followed a two-week intensive course aimed at giving them a broad introduction to lifesaving skills including firefighting techniques, water safety, responding to road traffic collisions and first aid.

They will now develop their training with experienced colleagues at their respective stations across Cornwall, explained area manager Kath Billing from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS).

“Our new recruits have demonstrated they have what it takes to make a valuable contribution - not just to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, but to the local communities they will now serve,” she said.

“It's important they continue to develop their skills and expertise with their colleagues on station - the colleagues who they will work with and will rely on when they are called to emergency incidents.”

For the first time, Cornwall’s initial firefighter training course has been extended to include new tri-service safety officers. Jointly funded by the three emergency services, eight new tri-service safety officers have been recruited to the service, forming part of a ten-strong team serving Bude, Fowey/Polruan, Hayle, Liskeard, Looe, Lostwithiel, Perranporth, St Dennis, St Ives and St Just.

Currently in their training and development phase, the new officers will officially take up their community roles in April 2019. Four of the new tri-service safety officers are already fully trained on call firefighters.

As part of their role, tri-service safety officers are qualified on call firefighters with CFRS; Emergency Medical Responders for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and are also trained by Devon and Cornwall Police in areas specific to safeguarding, complex problem solving tasks, challenging and dealing with anti-social behaviour and assisting local police neighbourhood teams. The officers also work in partnership with Safer Cornwall’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team.

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