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7 men and women from across the Island were handed their pagers and officially welcomed into the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service at a passing out ceremony in Ryde this afternoon (Friday).

The new recruits have spent the past 2 weeks going through a rigorous training course known as ‘safe to ride’, enabling them to respond at a moments notice to an emergency on the Isle of Wight. Over the coming weeks, months and years the individuals will build on their core skills with the support of their new crew mates at a number of different retained fire stations.

Group Manager for the Isle of Wight, Damian Watts, presented each new firefighter with a certificate and pager in front of gathered friends and family. GM Watts then spoke about the service, the history of the profession and explained a little about what the new recruits and their loved ones can expect going forward.

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As the presentation concluded, the station’s bells went down to simulate a real life shout. The recruits donned their firefighting gear and jumped on the awaiting appliances. To demonstrate what they had learnt, the new recruits ‘responded’ into the yard area with sirens blaring to show the supporting families different core activities such as rescuing a person from a building, establishing a water supply and of course fighting a fire.

It was then time to celebrate with plenty of photographs and a buffet spread.

The new recruits of March 2019 are:

Harry Boxall – Ventnor & East Cowes
Rich Carter – Sandown
Liam Daniels – East Cowes
Mike Dyer – East Cowes
Marley Newey – Freshwater
Josh Parsons – Shanklin
Rebecca Thompson – Newport

Josh Parsons was awarded the ‘top recruit’ award.

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Another 18 Islanders are expected to join the service later in the year.



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