New recruit will boost fire and rescue team

PUBLISHED: 09:35 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

RICHARD BALSOM

RICHARD BALSOM

ROYSTON fire station has welcomed a new recruit this week. Richard Balsom, 27, has completed 19 weeks of intensive training and will now be part of the team at the station, on Baldock Road. He was one of 18 new fire and rescue recruits who qualified at a

ROYSTON fire station has welcomed a new recruit this week.

Richard Balsom, 27, has completed 19 weeks of intensive training and will now be part of the team at the station, on Baldock Road.

He was one of 18 new fire and rescue recruits who qualified at a pass out parade last week.

Richard, who lives in Royston, has worked as a musician, a builder, and a retained firefighter in the past.

He said his favourite part of the course was the immediate casualty care training.

Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher said he was pleased to welcome Richard and the other new recruits into the fire service.

He said: "They have proved their competence by completing all areas of the course and we hope that they will continue to play a key role in their stations across Hertfordshire and help to keep the people of Hertfordshire safe."

Richard will now serve a probationary period of a further two years as he works towards NVQ Firefighter Level 3.

Councillor Richard Smith, executive member for community safety at the county council, presented certificates to each trainee at the passing out parade.

He said: "The parade was a very proud moment for all the recruits who have completed this challenging training, proving their hard work and dedication.

"I'm sure they will make a great contribution to their stations and the local communities they serve.

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