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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What day jobs can retained firefighters do?

Four of Shropshire Fire & Rescue's trainees Credit: ITV Central

Ollie Hayden - riding instructor (Top Left), Dave Pearson - electrician (Top Right), Laurie Bridle - mechanic (Bottom Left), Steve Weston - toolmaker (Bottom Right)

Retained firefighters work shifts for the fire service at the same time as having their day jobs.

They can get paid anything between £5000 and £11,000 per year, depending on how much cover they can work in and around their normal jobs.

They must live and work within five minutes of their base fire station, so they can be kitted up and ready to deal with an emergency call-out 30 minutes after being alerted by pager.

To find out more about becoming a retained firefighter click here.

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