New recruits for Welwyn Garden City and Potters Bar fire stations

THREE new firefighters are joining the ranks at stations across Times Territory.

The recruits have just completed their 19-week intensive training course along with 10 others who will be stationed throughout the county.

* WGC station will gain 22-year-old Martyn Forster.

Before enrolling with Herts Fire and Rescue Service, Martyn was a student and volunteered as a special constable with the police.

His interests include American football, movies and playing badminton.


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His favourite part of the course was the road traffic collision training.

He will be joining WGC’s red watch based at Bridge Road East.

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* Potters Bar will gain two new recruits at the Mutton Lane station: Danielle Cooksley and Ben Moretto.

Danielle, who lives in Potters Bar, previously worked as an assistant manager of a health club.

The 22-year-old’s interests include football and snowboarding.

* Ben, 25, previously worked as a recruitment consultant and his interests include playing football.

The pair both enjoyed the breathing apparatus and road traffic collision sections of the training course.

Danielle will be joining blue watch and Ben will soon be with white watch.

Even though the recruits have completed a very demanding training course, they will have to serve a probationary period of a further two years.

The trio will not become fully qualified until they have completed their NVQ firefighter level 3, meaning they will have to demonstrate they can carry out their roles competently.

Chief fire officer Roy Wilsher said: “We’re pleased to welcome these new recruits into the fire service.

“They have completed all areas of the course and we hope that they will continue to play a key role in their stations across the county to help keep the people of Hertfordshire safe.”

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