New faces will soon be seen riding in the back of fire engines across the city as Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) welcomes a group of new firefighters into its ranks.
Twenty-one new recruits will begin their operational careers with the Service across Cambridgeshire next week (December 7) following an intensive 11-week training course in Cardiff, delivered by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
Eight of those new firefighters will be working in Peterborough at the Stanground and Dogsthorpe stations
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland said: “We are excited to welcome this large group of new firefighters to CFRS to begin what is hopefully a great career with the fire service.
“There are many challenges that a firefighter in a modern fire and rescue service must face. As well as the physical challenges at operational incidents, they must also work closely and engage with the communities to pass on potentially life saving advice.
“We wish this cohort of firefighters the best of luck and hope they enjoy helping us to make Cambridgeshire a safer place.”
The new recruits at Dogsthorpe station are:
Rik Green (26), of Peterborough, previously worked at fire service headquarters in the business support group and was also an on-call firefighter at Huntingdon.
Amy Ratcliff (28), of Kings Lynn, used to work full time in the community and third sector. Most recently she was a dementia advisor for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Ben Howells (23), of Peterborough, is a former sports coach and machine operative.
Georgina Sturgess (24), of Kettering, was a sales assistant at Asda.
At Stanground the new firefighters are:
Alex Dalton (24), of Market Deeping, joins the fire service after serving in the RAF police.
Jordan Cadogan (20), of Warboys, leaves his life as a university student behind.
Alex Hallam (27), of Cambridge, joins the fire service after serving in the Army as a solider. More recently he worked at Canon, servicing cameras.
Sam Pearce (28), of Stamford, was a full time carpenter and joiner before becoming a firefighter. He had also worked in Thailand for three years as a scuba diving instructor.
Rik Green said: “He said: “I wanted to be a firefighter because no two days are the same and your skills are always pushed to the limit. Being there for those that need me in my community is extremely rewarding and something I’m very proud of.
“During training I enjoyed learning new skills, increasing my knowledge and pushing myself to reach the high standards needed. I’m now looking forward to challenging myself in various roles over what I hope will be a long career with Cambridgeshire.”
Alex Dalton (24), of Market Deeping, said: “Training has been good but more pressured than I thought it would be with a test every single week. The physicality of it was always going to be a challenge I liked but the theory has been tough as well. The camaraderie with the other recruits has been great; it was the one thing I was really scared of losing when I left the military, but if anything, it’s been even stronger here.
“Pride best sums up for me this whole experience. You’ve pushed yourself to be here and now you’re going to push yourself to go out and do your best every day on the job.”