Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue has recruited 13 new firefighters to its on-call ranks who are now trained and ready to deal with emergencies including fires, floods, road traffic accidents and chemical spillages.
The new firefighters completed training in Waddington before officially qualifying during a passing out event on Sunday and they will now join their new colleagues within crews across the county.
The new firefighters are Harvey Chessum (Billingborough), Liam Drew (Grantham), Graham Pound (Holbeach), Bailey Pinkney (Skegness), Henry Cross (Crowland), Karl Mercer-Sellars (Waddington), Adam Craig (Donington), Stewart Hill (Market Deeping), Graham Minards (Donington), Andrew Steen (North Hykeham), Nicky Arden (Mablethorpe), Thomas Sadler (Skegness), Mario Dimaro (Billingborough).
Chief Fire Officer at Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Nick Borrill said: “No-one here underestimates the hard work and effort these new firefighters have put in to get to this point.
“Completing the initial training is a real success and they should be proud of their achievements. They will now join their colleagues around the county in protecting the communities of Lincolnshire and I wish them all the best for their future careers.”
Executive Member for Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue at Lincolnshire County Council, Councillor Nick Worth, said: “Becoming an on-call firefighter is a real commitment, not only to the service, but also to the community as a whole.
“Our on-call firefighters are so important to the emergency capabilities of Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue as a whole.”