New firefighters recruited to Seaham fire station

WARM WELCOME: Barry Morton, left, and Michael Bacon, right, with Councillor Les Thomson as they are officially welcomed to County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.
WARM WELCOME: Barry Morton, left, and Michael Bacon, right, with Councillor Les Thomson as they are officially welcomed to County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.
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A LIFE-SAVING team has been given a triple boost with the recruitment of members to its ranks.

Seaham Fire Station’s retained crew has welcomed the new starters after the men completed their intense training at a passing out ceremony.

The crew members will cover from home or work when they are rostered to be on duty, offering back-up to the station’s full-time staff.

Barry Morton, who works as a baker at Asda in the town and Michael Bacon, who is employed at Nissan, were the first to receive their “tickets” at a presentation at the station.

It was followed with another days later for prison officer Chris Davison.

Michael is not a fresh face to the base.

The 19-year-old joined the Young Firefighter’s Association in 2006 and has been an active contributor to the service ever since.

The association is run for 11 to 16-year-olds, who meet each week and learn how safety risks are dealt with and carry out duties on station with the support of firefighters.

Stuart Errington, director of community protection, said “This is a fantastic achievement for Michael. Not only is he one of the youngest serving firefighters in the county, but he is also the first to progress from the Young Firefighters Association.”

Coun Les Thomson, the fire authority’s member champion for the retained duty system, said: “Retained firefighters are crucial to County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service as they make up approximately a third of the service’s frontline firefighters.

“All three can be proud of their achievements.”