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Firefighters in Newcastle for six weeks of training

Recruit firefighters in advance of a training trip to the UK (Photograph supplied)

Almost two dozen recruit firefighters have been sent to Britain for intensive training on how to tackle airport fires.

A cadre of 23 recruits set out for Newcastle on Saturday to start six weeks of training at the Newcastle International Fire Training Academy.

A spokesman for the Ministry of National Security said the training would cover a “wide range of essential firefighting techniques specific to aircraft incidents”.

The spokesman added: “This comprehensive course aims to equip them with the necessary expertise to respond effectively to emergencies involving aircraft within our jurisdiction.”

To complete the course, the recruits will need to show competence in a range of areas, including extinguishing aircraft-related fires, maintaining and controlling the release of hazardous materials and recognising airside hazards to minimise risks.

Michael Weeks, the Minister of National Security, said the training would help to forge the recruits into a formidable team armed with the specialised skills needed to safeguard the LF Wade International Airport.

“This commitment to excellence reflects our dedication to ensuring Bermuda's utmost safety and protection,” Mr Weeks said.

“We extend our gratitude to our local instructors and the Newcastle Academy for their partnership in shaping our future firefighters.

“The Government of Bermuda and the Ministry of National Security are committed to ensuring sufficient resources at the airport to maintain operations that will meet international standards.”

On successfully completing their training, each recruit will be issued a certificate of competence in line with CAP 699, the standards for the competence of Rescue and Firefighting Service personnel developed by the UK Civil Aviation Authority,

Dana Lovell, Chief Fire Officer, said: “The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service takes great pride in investing in developing its personnel.

“This unique opportunity to participate in the aircraft firefighting course in Newcastle reflects the commitment to ensuring the highest standards of safety and protection for our island community.”

Mr Lovell said local instructors had made invaluable contributions to the training of the recruits to prepare them for the Newcastle course.

“Their guidance and mentorship have laid the foundation for these brave individuals to excel on the international stage,” he said.

“This collaboration between our local experts and the esteemed Newcastle International Fire Training Academy is a testament to the strength of partnership in shaping the finest firefighting service for Bermuda.”

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Published August 09, 2023 at 1:10 pm (Updated August 10, 2023 at 11:06 pm)

Firefighters in Newcastle for six weeks of training

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