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Fire recruits' dramatic training

Retained firefighters who will be on call at the same time as working their day jobs have completed the first stage of their training in Shropshire. It comes amid cuts to fire service budgets which could see redundancies in years to come.

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New Shropshire recruits put through intensive fire training

Part of the 'On the run' training for new retained firefighters in Shropshire Credit: ITV Central

Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service is in the process of training its latest group of trainee retained firefighters.

The service relies on retained members of staff to provide emergency cover across the county.

Recruits learn how to cope using breathing apparatus in emergency simulations Credit: ITV Central

Retained crews have day jobs which they work a the same time as being on-call to attend emergencies.

There are more than 300 retained firefighters employed by Shropshire Fire & Rescue, who must stay within five minutes of their home station when they're on shift.

Shipping containers are set alight to mimic burning buildings Credit: ITV Central

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