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Introducing our 9 new recruits!

19/04/2022
9 New Recruits

On 18th March, nine new retained (on-call) firefighters joined East Sussex Fire and Rescue after intensive training at our Service Training Centre.  The new recruits were trained by Watch Manager David Brown, Crew Manager Matthew Harrison and Crew Manager James Peel.

James Peel (Crew Manager): “Each individual gave up so much of their time and energy away from their main career to enable them to assist the local community in providing fire cover and support.  The skills and experiences each person had from other realms in life/work exposure, added to the enjoyable course.  They each displayed a high level of comradery, support and welfare to gain the necessary skills, something which we all highly regard as valuable qualities.”     

Dave Brown (Watch Manager): “To see individuals working so well together to reach the aims of the course was pleasant to see.  They each performed self-study, additional on station training, and helped each other when needed.  The on-call course covers many bases and requires the learner to immerse themselves in each activity.  These individuals all did with determination and compassion.  Thank you all for your effort.” 

Matt Harrison (Crew Manager): “I thoroughly enjoyed working with these new firefighters to make sure they were safe to respond operationally.  It is very satisfying taking a number of members of the public and develop them into confident Firefighters. They performed well on both theory and practical input and I look forward to hearing how they are enjoying responding for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service! “ 

We would like to give a warm welcome to our new recruits and wish them all the best for their retained career. 

Robert Mayer

Station: Uckfield 84        

Occupation: Underwriter

Hobbies & Interests: Proud father of a cheeky 1 year old! Likes travel, Rugby and anything outdoors

Robert Mayer

Joel Kelly

Station: Forest Row 85

Occupation: Spirit Drinks Industry

Hobbies & Interests: I am a lawyer by training but took a sharp left turn about 10 years ago when I went into business with three friends in the spirit drinks industry. 

I am a Land Rover nut and proud dad to a Labrador. I love spending time in the mountains, either with my mountain bike or an ice axe and crampons.

Joel Kelly

Charles Bougon

Station: Crowborough 83

Occupation:Works in Technology

Hobbies & Interests: Hobbies include running and cooking. I am also looking forward to working in a role recognised by my 3 year old! 

Charles Bougon

John Frampton

Station: Lewes 89

Occupation: Delivery driver

Hobbies & Interests: Snooker, rugby and cricket

John Frampton

Tom Griffiths

Station: Newhaven 87

Occupation: Owns a Small Holding

Hobbies & Interests: A keen scuba diver, veg grower and DIY’er.

Tom Griffiths

Stephen Hall

Station: Bexhill 73

Occupation: Underwriter and mental health Ambulance driver

Hobbies & Interests: A proud Scotsman but an even prouder father of 3. 

Hobbies include rugby, hiking and tending to my small flock of chickens.

Stephen Hall

Paul Littlemore

Station: Burwash 74

Occupation: Mechanical engineer

Hobbies & Interests: My family have been in Burwash village for five generations. I served in the Royal Navy and hope that experience will help me in the Fire Service. 

I enjoy flying light aircraft and all kinds of motor sport. 

Paul Littlemore

Matthew Cox 

Station: Herstmonceux 79

Occupation: Works in Banking

Hobbies & Interests: Anything outdoors. I enjoy long walks by the coast with my two dogs. I also enjoy keeping fit and watching football.

Matthew Cox

Roger Reed

Station: Uckfield 

Occupation: Professional Online Marketing 

Hobbies & Interests: I enjoy watching F1 and spending time out on my motorbike. I also volunteer with Sussex Army Cadet Force working with youths aged 12.

Roger Reed

Interested in being an on-call firefighter?

On-call firefighters are ordinary people that combine their day jobs with being on call for Fire and Rescue situations and emergencies. 

When the call comes in, they drop what they are doing and become part of the East Sussex Fire and Rescue team.

It's a huge commitment, but an immensely rewarding way to serve the community, keep the public safe and earn an extra income. 

Click here to find out more about being an on-call firefighter and how you can join us.

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