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26 TRAINEE firefighters celebrated their successes at the first of many Passing Out Parade’s in 2018 yesterday (Thursday, May 3), following an intensive 13-week operational training course.
Dignitaries, families and trainers gathered at the Operational Training Centre to celebrate the recruits’ achievements and to welcome them to the Service.
At the event, the trainee firefighters gave their families insight into how we use the latest technology to save lives by demonstrating a variety scenarios on the training yard, including; extinguishing fires, rescues of a person and CPR.
All of the firefighters were presented with a certificate from the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Paul Griffiths to mark the end of their operational training.
Four stand-out firefighters on the course were selected and presented with the following individual awards from GMCA Chief Executive, Eamonn Boylan and Chair of the Former Fire Committee, David Acton.
Endeavour award – Stefan Johnson
Academic award – Ashleigh Proctor
Fitness award – Daryll Grant
Silver Axe award – Michael Shipman
Within their time training, the latest recruits took part in a charity run in a bid to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity. On Thursday, April 26 the recruits completed a 13-mile run and raised a tremendous £1,802.50.
Closing the ceremony, Dawn Docx, Interim Chief Fire Officer said: “The Passing Out Parade is not only a special day for the recruits, their friends and family, but also for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
“It continues a long and proud tradition, but also represents hope and the future of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service within the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
“I am so impressed with their enthusiasm and commitment – it’s infectious. Every recruit passing out has undergone a rigorous programme. The newly trained firefighters will be on station turning out to a variety of incidents and saving people’s lives through prevention methods as well as firefighting itself.
“I am so pleased to see such a diverse set of recruits that reflects the Greater Manchester community. I want to further encourage that diversity and use everyone’s talents and skills to care for, and protect the people of Greater Manchester.
“Congratulations to each and everyone one of you, I look forward to seeing your achievements in the future.”
This is the first apprenticeship standard course that has been undertaken by trainee firefighters at GMFRS. It is an exciting new opportunity and the recruits will now be posted to fire stations across Greater Manchester to continue their apprenticeship.
Amir Ahmed – Ashton Blue Watch
David Davies – Blackley Green Watch
Christopher Edwards – Heywood White Watch
Demilee Efe – Blackley Red Watch
Daryll Grant – Gorton White Watch
Amanda Kelly – Farnworth Blue Watch
Rami Mahmoud – Blackley Blue Watch
Stephen Riding – Blackley White Watch
Michael Shipman – Salford Green Watch
Patrick Brennan – Farnworth White Watch
Wayne Campbell – Stockport Red Watch
Stefan Johnson – Moss Side Green Watch
Liberato Manta – Bolton White Watch
Ashleigh Proctor – Eccles Red Watch
Ben Ratu – Rochdale Red Watch
Adam Swaine – Rochdale Blue Watch
Sam Taylor – Oldham Red Watch
Alex Vyas – Whitefield Green Watch
Devon Burnell-Cregg – Oldham Green Watch
Rachel Carney – Leigh Green Watch
Francois Childs – Broughton Green Watch
Marc Grebbin – Salford Blue Watch
Anthony Heap – Wigan Blue Watch
Andy Matthews – Salford White Watch
Jack Smyth – Withington Blue Watch
Neil Wash – Leigh White Watch
Congratulations to all the fantastic recruits! We hope you have a very happy and successful career at GMFRS. To see a copy of the programme please click here.