Hertfordshire's latest retained firefighter recruits are about to complete the first phase of their training and begin work as firefighters at their assigned fire stations...
A total of 18 men and women have gone through a gruelling 17 week training programme, giving up their evenings, weekends and even two continuous weeks.
Hitchin man Stephen Munns is one of the select few. He's told JACKfm getting used to the hot, restrictive kit has been difficult: "All of that equipment is quite bulky and quite difficult to get used to wearing, and it can make running around quite difficult as well.
"It can get quite hot in there as well, but when you're exposed to the various dangers, having that protective equipment will really help."
The phase one trainee graduates will next learn about first aid, trauma care, and road traffic collisions at their assigned fire stations.
(BELOW: 33 year old Stephen Munns lives in Hitchin andworks at the county's fire service control room in Stevenage)
BELOW: Click on the play button to hear Stephen Munns experience and JACKfm's Bryan Rutherford's special report...
Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher told JACKfm: "During the past few months, the trainees have worked extremely hard to achieve the high standards of skills and abilities that you will see this evening.
"Although these are changing times for the British Fire Service, it is and will continue to be, a very special vocation. These trainees stand at the threshold of a unique career, which offers them a wide range of opportunities and experiences."
MEET THE FIREFIGHTERS....
Terry lives in Ware. He's a Health & Safety Officer. His hobbies include running, swimming and learning to play the guitar. Terry's favourite part of the course was BA week, especiallymanaging fire gases. He will be stationed at Ware.
Benedict lives in Hoddesdon. He's a technician at PSV. His hobbies include krav maya, running and playing the guitar. Benedict's favourite part of the course was BA. He will be stationed at Hoddesdon.
Alistair lives in Markyate. He is employed by a company in Tring. His hobbies include running and being a family man. Alistair's favourite part of the
course was RTC. He will be stationed at Markyate.
James lives in Cheshunt. He's an office worker. His hobby is cheer leading. James' favourite part of the course was BA. He will be stationed at Cheshunt.
Lives in Hertford and will be stationed there.
Lives in Letchworth. He will be stationed at Baldock/Letchworth.
Luke lives in Royston. He works in a thermal engineering company. His hobbies include all sports, keeping fit and nights out. Luke's favourite part of the course was BA week. He will be stationed at Royston.
Lives in Cheshunt and will be stationed there.
Greg lives in Berkhamsted. He is an arborist by trade. His hobbies include industrial origami, cooking, eating and ice sculpture. Greg's favourite part of the course was BA. He will be stationed at Berkhamsted.
Stephen lives in Hitchin. He works for HFRS in Command and Control. His hobbies include mountain biking, running, gym. Stephen's favourite part of the course was BA, RTC, FBT, firecraft and Watch Commander Barnaby. He will be stationed at Hitchin.
Radoslaw lives in Bishops Stortford. He is employed by the LSA. His hobbies include basketball and fatherhood. Radoslaw's favourite part of the
course was BA week and fire behaviour. He will be stationed at Bishops Stortford.
Jesse lives in Cheshunt. He is a businessman. His hobbies include basketball, weightlifting and he is a DJ. His favourite part of the course was Fire Behaviour. He will be stationed at Cheshunt.
John lives in Redbourn. He is a agricultural/horticultural contractor. His hobby is agricultural vintage mechanics. John's favourite part of the course was the RTC module. He will be stationed at Redbourn.
Anthony lives in Tring. He is a Technial Support Engineer. His hobbies include motorsport, karting. His favourite part of the course was RTC. He will be stationed at Tring.
Aaron lives in Much Hadham. He is a GSP sorter/processor. His hobbies include going to the gym and weight lifting. Aaron's favourite part of the
course was ladders/working at height. He will be stationed at Much Hadham.
Sarah lives in Cheshunt. She is a self employed spor ts therapist. Her hobbies include rugby, run ning, genera l fitness, fundraising and socialising. Sarah's favourite part of the course was breathing apparatus. She will be stationed at Cheshunt.
Simon lives in Royston. He is a self employed builder by trade. His hobbies include football, cycling and golf. Simon's favourite part of the course was completion. He will be stationed at Royston.
James lives in Tring. He is a Security Guard by trade. His hobbies include football and all sports. James has found it difficult to choose a favourite part of the course as he enjoyed all of it, but particularly BA. He will be stationed at Tring.