A family firefighting tradition has continued at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, following the passing out of new retained recruits from Shrewsbury and north Shropshire.
Among the latest new firefighters in the county are 20-year-old cousins Adam and Connor Willis, who follow in their fathers' footsteps to serve at Baschurch fire station in Shropshire.
Adam's father Glenn, and Connor's father Craig - both brothers - are stationed at Baschurch. Connor's great-grandfather, meanwhile, was also a firefighter at the station in the 1930's.
Adam won the 'top student' award at the passing out parade, presented by instructor Drew Perkins. Adam and Connor passed out alongside colleagues Daniel Minshall and Keith Woodville, who won the instructor's award, and who will both be based at Shrewsbury fire station.
Chief Fire Officer Paul Raymond told a total of 18 new recruits who had just finished their basic training: "The public love and trust you. You must work hard to earn that trust. You are never off duty." Councillor Stuart West, Chairman of Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority, meanwhile, said that it would not be able to operate a fire service without the support of employers who allowed their staff to leave "at a moment's notice."
Retained Support Officer Andy Bevon said: "The evening was a great success and was a fitting way to mark the achievements of the Retained Duty System firefighters.
"The event was the organisation's way of acknowledging the huge commitment that they, their families and employers have shown to enable them to reach this point. It was great to see so many of their families, friends and employers there to support them. There was a fantastic atmosphere and the evening was enjoyed by all those involved."
Posted October 11 2010