Three fire services are joining forces for the first time to run a joint training course for full-time firefighters.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are running the course which started on Monday 14 January.
Twenty-four recruits are taking part in a 13 week course to become wholetime community firefighters.
Of the 24 recruits, 12 are from Surrey, eight are from West Sussex, and four are from East Sussex.
The new recruits are being put through their paces at Surrey’s training centre Wray Park, with instructors from all three services as tutors.
Marvin Smith, Course Commander and Training Delivery Manager for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to work with our neighbouring services in Surrey and East Sussex, and I am very pleased that this programme will pool our skills and experience to help our new staff be the best they can be.
“Being a firefighter is not an easy role, but I am sure our recruits will rise to the challenge as we teach them a range of new skills. I can’t wait for them to get started.”