TWENTY-two trainee firefighters in the region have graduated.

The cohort took part in a ceremony – the 200th – at brigade headquarters.

Family and friends attended.

Various awards were handed out, including for the best watch, top trainee and trainee’s trainee.

The new recruits also gave a water display and demonstrated tackling a building fire, rescuing a casualty from a mock-up road traffic collision and extinguishing a car blaze. And one of the recruits – James Edgar – used the occasion to propose to his girlfriend, Helena Bancroft – who accepted!

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service says it is not currently recruiting full-time firefighters, but is seeking on-call crew members.

On-call firefighters offer daytime, evening and/or weekend cover at retained fire stations in addition to their ‘day job’ commitments.

A spokesman said: “Just like their whole-time counterparts, on-call firefighters work on the frontline protecting their communities. They are not based at the fire station, but when on-call, individuals must be able to reach their station within five minutes of their pager going off.”

Silsden is among stations where on-call firefighters are sought.

“If you feel inspired by our newest recruits visit or just call at your local station,” the spokesman added.