Keith set to take on a new challenge’ as fire-fighter

PUBLISHED: 11:32 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 11 May 2010

Keith Brown

Keith Brown

THERE is to be a new addition to Royston Fire Station. Keith Brown will join the team after completing a gruelling 20-week training course. Keith, 29, who will be a member of White watch, said: I am a little bit apprehensive, but I m looking forward to d

THERE is to be a new addition to Royston Fire Station.

Keith Brown will join the team after completing a gruelling 20-week training course.

Keith, 29, who will be a member of White watch, said: "I am a little bit apprehensive, but I'm looking forward to doing the job we have been trained to do.

"We have been training in a controlled environment so it will be good to get out and be involved in the real thing."

Serving in the Royal Navy for seven and a half years as a clearance diver, Keith is looking forward to new challenges.

"Becoming a fire-fighter was a good progression from the Royal Navy.

"It is a job for life, I've served my country and I wanted to stabilise my life, live in one place and serve my community."

The latest recruit to the Royston team enjoys competitive swimming and fair-weather cycling.

He says his favourite part of the course was learning how to conduct a rescue which was different from anything he had done before.

"In one word the training was intensive. I've done things as difficult as this in the Royal Navy, but the whole 20-week course was hard work and all crammed into a small amount of time.

"But it was very rewarding especially at the passing out, it was a fantastic day with all the friends and family there in support."

Keith is now looking forward to starting the real job of being a fire-fighter.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know the crew that I'll be working with for the next few years.

"The job is different every day. You never know what is going to happen.

"It's good it's not a regular 9-5 job, but it will be different to anything I've done before."

Speaking at the passing out parade, Herts Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer Roy Wisher said: "The training is both physically and mentally demanding and to pass such an intensive course shows dedication to working in the fire service.

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