Cumbria Fire And Rescue Recruits Graduate Training Course

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s latest cohort of full-time Firefighters have successfully graduated from their Initial Recruits Course.

The pass out parade at Carlisle East Fire Station took place on Thursday 28 July.

Group photograph of the recruits

The pass out parade was an excellent demonstration of skills and achievements from each individual in front of their family, friends and colleagues following their 14-week training programme.

This year’s cohort were a group of 16 individuals who applied during the Service’s ‘Be Different, Be the Difference’ recruitment campaign. 

Following a series of practical demonstrations during the parade, the Firefighters were presented with their completion certificates and awards by CFO John Beard.

The Most Improved Firefighter Certificate was awarded to Christina Barry and the Silver Axe Award was awarded to Paul Edmondson.

Before they completed their training, the group set themselves a fundraising challenge to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

On Friday July 22, the team were set up at Moot Hall in Keswick climbing as many lengths of our 12m ladders as they could in 4 hours.

They successfully climbed 527 lengths (6,324m), all in 4 hours and raised £753.30 for The Fire Fighters Charity.

The stations the new Firefighters will be deployed to include:

  • Terri Johnson – Whitehaven/Workington
  • Bethan Lloyd – Workington
  • Callum Irvine-Leach – Ulverston
  • James Robinson-Graves – Ulverston
  • Paul Edmondson – Workington
  • David Bentley – Whitehaven/Workington
  • Lauren Strong – Kendal/Barrow
  • Christina Barry – Penrith 
  • Rory Barclay – Penrith
  • Daniel Fletcher – Penrith
  • Sarah Holton – Penrith 
  • Amy Olstom – Whitehaven
  • Sadie Stephenson – Penrith 
  • Ewelina Arkley – Penrith 
  • Joanna Popiela – Ulverston
  • Roy Glendinning – Penrith

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service would like to take the opportunity to thank the trainees for their positive attitude, hard work and commitment that they have demonstrated during the course and wish them all continued success throughout their careers.