It was a first day at the office with a difference for high flying apprentices at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service who were welcomed with a lunchtime ride aboard an aerial ladder platform.
Deryn Smith, and Dan Adams were safely buckled on the ALP soaring to almost 100ft – equivalent to the height of an eight storey building. Colleagues Rebecca Talbot, watched from the ground on the drill yard at Shrewsbury fire HQ.
The four, soon to be joined by Poppy Mann and Courtney Farr, both 18 and from Shrewsbury, are the first apprentices at the fire and rescue service for a number of years.
Deryn, working in the IT department, said: “Going in the ALP was a bit different. I’m really pleased though to be given this opportunity to work in websites and graphics.”
Dan, who has joined the fire safety team, said he was looking forward to informing the public on how to protect themselves and prevent fires. Working in admin support is Rebecca, daughter of a firefighter, who said: “I felt a bit nervous as it was the first day. We are all settling in really.”
Chief Fire Officer John Redmond said they had wanted to take on apprentices for a number of years.
“The fire and rescue service’s relationship with the people it serves is unlike any other organisation. In every corner of Shropshire our firefighters live and work among their family, friends and neighbours and that makes our relationship with those communities a strong and unique one.
“These apprenticeships are important not just because they will provide six of our young people with a great opportunity but also because they provide the Service itself with a means of making a positive contribution.”
The apprentice’s next stop will be a visit to the firefighter training college at Telford Fire Station.
Photo Caption: Apprentices Dan Adams (left) and Deryn Smith (right) with firefighter Stuart Dryden aboard the ALP with left to right: Assistant Chief Fire Officer Louise McKenzie, Rebecca Talbot, Chief Fire Officer John Redmond.