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EIGHT new firefighters are set to join their new teams after successfully making it through training and their 'passing out' parade.

The training saw the new recruits learn how to use a hose, pump and ladder alongside technical rescue and breathing apparatus tuition.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service will see eight new team members after they competed the 14-week course in Whitley Wood, Reading.

A celebratory 'passing out' parade marked the end of training before the new firefighters are posted to Whitley Wood, Maidenhead, Bracknell, Slough, Wokingham and Dee Road fire stations.

Dom Manton, group manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome our new colleagues to RBFRS.

“They've all worked exceptionally hard during their training over the past 14 weeks and they should be proud of what they've achieved so far.

“For now, I just want to wish them every success and we are confident they are well equipped for the challenged ahead.”

Councillor Colin Dudley, Royal Berkshire fire authority chairmen, said: “I am very honoured as Fire Authority Chairman to have joined the new recruits at their passing out parade.

“The new recruits are what I believe to be, the future of our fire service.

“I am sure there will be times that they find the job challenging, however these feeling will be overcome by pride, knowing the impact that they've make in the community that they serve by saving lives.”