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Recruits boost firefighter ranks

Dean Hopper
Dean Hopper

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s on-call team has been boosted following the graduation of a new group of recruits which included two men from Bourne and a third from Market Deeping.

Bourne residents Dean Hopper and Alex Parkin joined Stephen Smith of Market Deeping and 13 other firefighters in celebrating the completion of their course at a passing out event at Waddington’s state of the art training facility.

The 16-strong group will now join crews throughout Lincolnshire, including areas which are hoping to increase the size of their on-call teams.

Dean, who received the instructors award which is given to the candidate the instructors think most deserves it, said he had enjoyed the training which had been spread over a period of four months.

“We were a good, close knit group on the course and got along well,” he said.

“The training was mentally and physically challenging but I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Dean, who works as a gas engineer, has lived in Bourne since 2011 with his wife Jenny and their son Tobie (4).

Having also spent 14 years in the military, he said he had decided to join the on-call ranks as he was always on the lookout for a new challenge.

“I want to be the best I can be and at the same time give something back to the community,” he said.

Dean said he would provide as much cover as his full time job would allow and has already been on a number of call outs.

“We’ve attended a couple of car fires, fires in the open and even a chip pan fire so it’s been quite interesting so far,” he said.

Chief Fire Officer Nick Borrill said completing the initial training was a success for the new firefighters.

“We should not underestimate the amount of work and effort they have had to put in to get to this point,” he said.

“They will now join their colleagues around the county in protecting the communities of Lincolnshire and I wish them all the best for their future careers.”

On-call firefighters are usually at their normal place of work or are at home when they receive a pager alert to deal with a 999 incident.

They are trained to deal with a range of emergencies, including fires, floods, road traffic collisions and chemical spillages amongst others.

If you think you’d like to become an on-call firefighter, call 0800 3580 204 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr

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