Two new recruits for Welwyn Garden City Fire Station

TWO residents will be joining the team at WGC Fire Station, after completing a tough 14-week training course.

Nigel Atkins, 42, and Shane Bunnage, 25, will become retained firefighters.

Nigel already works as a firefighter at Luton Airport, while Shane works full-time for Welwyn Hatfield Council.

The pair, who honed their skills over three-and-a-half months at the service’s training centre in Stevenage, took part in the traditional pass out parade after completing their training.

The county’s chief fire officer Roy Wilsher said: “All our retained firefighters are highly trained and ready to deal with a range of incidents; responding to emergency calls at a moment’s notice.

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“They are an asset to their community and our service and we are proud to have them on board.”

The fire and rescue service is overseen by Hertfordshire County Council.

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Cllr Keith Emsall said: “The pass out parade is a very proud moment for our firefighters as it is recognition of the hard work they put into the course.”

To become a retained firefighter you must live or work within four minutes of a fire station with a retained crew, be over 18 and have good all-round fitness.

For more information, click on the link, right, or call 0300 123 4046.

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