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Retained Firefighters training at Telford CentralRetained Firefighters training at Telford Central

Firefighters must be well trained, skilled and knowledgeable staff if they are to work safely and effectively in the wide range of operational incidents they are called upon to attend.

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Retained Duty System Initial Training Course

Initial training gives the new Firefighters the necessary basic core competencies to enable them to safely attend incidents. For their safety and for the safety of their colleagues, each new recruit must be deemed competent in the use of pumps, ladders and firefighting equipment and able to wear Breathing Apparatus to operate effectively as a Development Firefighter prior to being allowed to become fully operational.

The Service recognises that retained staff sometimes take time away from their normal work to undertake training, for this reason as much of the basic training as possible is undertaken on station during drill nights and during weekends, only 13 days of the initial recruit course impact upon the Monday to Friday working week.

This training will only be successful with the full commitment of the recruit, the Officer in Charge of the retained station, the District Officer the Training and Development Centre staff and of course the employer.

Ongoing training involves Firefighters attending their station for a drill (training) period once a week during the evening.

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Retained Duty System Initial Training Course

Week Week days Details
1 3 5 day Induction Course at the Service Training and Development Centre normally Wednesday to Sunday.
2 - 6   Training alternately carried out on station and the Service Training and Development Centre to be conducted based on competence criteria.
6   Two day (Saturday and Sunday) support weekend at Service Training and Development Centre. During this weekend the recruit will be assessed before moving onto the next stage of their training.
7   On station training to be conducted based on competence criteria.
8   Water Safety Awareness Training at Shrewsbury Fire Station.
9 & 10 10 Breathing Apparatus Course.
11 - 12   Recruit starts to attend operational incidents.
Training carried out on station to be conducted based on competence criteria.
12   Two day (Saturday and Sunday) Trauma Care & RTC Initial Training at Service Training and Development Centre.
13   RTC Exercise at Service Training and Development Centre.
14   Phase 1 Line Safety Training carried out on station.
15   Phase 1 Line Safety Training carried out on station.
16   On station training to be conducted based on competence criteria.
17   Introduction to Incident Command.
18   On station training to be conducted based on competence criteria.
19   Introduction to IPDS and Community Fire Safety.
20 - onwards   Training carried out on station to be conducted based on Firefighter Development Programme.

Upon completion of initial training, you are required to complete a structured development programme. The programme is designed to ensure you are able to develop and consistently demonstrate, over a period of time, the necessary skills required to be a fully competent Firefighter.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to equality and diversity at work. We positively welcome applications from disabled people and under represented groups. For the health and safety of our employees, we operate a no smoking policy.

Further information

Headquarters Reception

Telephone: 01743 260 200