10 new firefighters coming to Kent

Ten new full-time firefighters have been welcomed to Kent Fire and Rescue.

Rochester Fire Station  held a passing out parade in their honour today.

Friends and family of the newly qualified trainees attended the event.

The firefighters have just completed 15 weeks of intensive training after being chosen from a 2017 recruitment drive.

Training included learning how to use fire engine equipment, working safely at height & navigating confined spaces. They then completed a final assessment and demonstrated their skills today at the parade.

Nikki Escudier, Lead Training Coach, said: “It’s been a fantastic few months training the group. They have all worked so hard, and my fellow training coaches and I feel honoured to have been part of this journey. 

“The trainees have bonded brilliantly as a team but are looking forward to starting work at their own stations in January. It’s been an absolute pleasure training them.”

The newly qualified Firefighters -image from Kent Fire and Rescue

She went on to explain trainees have now begun two-year development phase during which they will be building on the core skills developed during training.

North McKenzie, a trainee that will go on to based at Dartford, said: “Out of everything I have ever done in life, this is what I’m most proud of.

“There will be no better feeling than knowing that I could potentially be saving someone’s life every time I put on the uniform, and I hope to have a long, enjoyable career within the service.”

Information on new firefighters beginning in central Kent can be found here, and west Kent here.