THREE fire services are joining forces for the first time to run a joint training course for full-time firefighters.
West Sussex, Surrey and East Sussex fire and rescue centres have combined to stage the course from Monday.
A total of 24 recruits, pictured above, are taking part in the 13 weeks of tests and exercises to become wholetime community firefighters.
Of those hopefuls, eight are from West Sussex, 12 from Surrey and four are based with East Sussex.
The course is taking place at Surrey’s training centre, Wray Park, with instructors from all three services as tutors.
Marvin Smith, the course commander and training delivery manager for the West Sussex service, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to work with our neighbouring services in Surrey and East
Sussex. I am very pleased this programme will pool our skills and experience to help our new staff be the best they can be.
“Being a firefighter is not an easy role, but I am sure our recruits will rise to the challenge as we teach them a range of new skills. I can’t wait for them to get started.”
Hannah Scott Youlden, the assistant training and assurance for the service in East Sussex, said: “We are really pleased to be welcoming new recruits and it’s great that they will be training alongside colleagues in our neighbouring fire and rescue services.”
The skills the recruits will receive include how to keep themselves, their colleagues and residents safe by preventing fires as well as responding to them.