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13th December, 2017 - 9.00pm: At 9.00pm we received a call to water entering a property in Manor Roa...Read more

12th December, 2017 - 6.05pm: At 6.05pm we received a call to a chimney fire in Cricklade Road, Swin...Read more

12th December, 2017 - 5.46pm: At 5.46pm we received a call to a chimney fire in Frobisher Drive, Swi...Read more

12th December, 2017 - 5.42pm: At 5.42pm we received a call to a fuel spill in Tolpuddle Gardens, Bou...Read more

12th December, 2017 - 5.32pm: At 5.32pm we received  a call to a fire in a domestic property in Roya...Read more

12th December, 2017 - 13:24: Crews from Shaftesbury, Gillingham and Sturminster Newton attended a R...Read more

12th December, 2017 - 08:55: Crews from Shaftesbury and Mere attend reports of smell of smoke at a ...Read more

12th December, 2017 - 08:09: Crew from Swindon attend a car fire on Frankland Road.  Extinguished 2...Read more

11th December, 2017 - 11.12am: Salisbury- Two crews from Salisbury and one from Wilton along with Red...Read more

11th December, 2017 - 4.32am: Highworth - Crews from Stratton and Swindon and an officer attended a ...Read more

Drill nights and your development

Drill nights

Your Station Commander will have told you which night of the week your station trains. These nights consist of an array of training, both practical and theoretical, to encompass all of the skills you will need as a firefighter.

Initially your role will be fairly limited until you have undertaken your basic training, but it will be a good chance to meet and get to know the crew, and start to learn about how the Service operates.

New recruits’ training

You will be asked to attend one of our training centres – either West Moors or Devizes – to get you familiar with the equipment on the fire engine and ensure that you are safe and useful on the fireground.

You will learn how to put up ladders as part of a team, as well as how to operate the pump and use a hydrant to get water quickly. You will also be introduced to Service procedures on different incident types.

On successful completion of the initial part of this course, you will be issued with your personal protective equipment and your alerter, which will let you know when you have a ‘shout’. You will now be able to ride on the fire engine and attend emergencies, albeit it in a slightly limited role until you have completed further training.

Other elements of your training will include:

Alongside this, you will be assigned a mentor, who will guide you through the Firefighter Development Programme. You will also have a training folder, which is divided into the stages you need to complete and the skills you must show at each of these stages.

At the end of each section is an assessment, where you must demonstrate your competencies.

Once you have passed all of the required stages, you will become a fully qualified firefighter. Depending on the experience you gain and the work you put in, you should hope to complete this folder in around 18-36 months.

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