New recruits join fire service in Huntingdonshire

Sam Gartside passing out

Sam Gartside passing out - Credit: Archant

Four firefighters who have joined the ranks at Huntingdonshire fire stations are among nine new Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service recruits.

The latest batch of on-call recruits passed out on Sunday (March 13) and will fit serving their community as a firefighter around their work and home life.

Two of them will be based at Huntingdon, another at Ramsey and one at Papworth.

The new faces who will be seen riding the fire engine at Huntingdon as crew are Sam Gartside and Jason Green.

Sam, 19, from Peterborough, currently works at the service’s headquarters and will be on-call during the working day.

Forklift driver and keen scuba diver Jason, 27, from Sapley, will also boost Huntingdon’s numbers.

Housewife Helen Cryer will join the crew at Ramsey.

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The 41-year-old is adding firefighting to her repertoire of talents, which includes photography and craft blogging.

To bolster the Papworth ranks, 25-year-old Matthew Seymour will join the crew.

The Papworth resident is currently a maintenance assistant in Cambridge and enjoys playing football and golf.

Group commander Gary Mitchley, head of on-call at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Being an on-call firefighter is a challenging yet rewarding opportunity and we wish this group of new recruits the very best as they start their journeys here in Cambridgeshire.

“Training is tough and these individuals have shown dedication not just to the fire service but to themselves and their communities.”

The new recruits are on-call after completing three months of training at the Service’s training centre in Huntingdon.