In the past few weeks, you might have noticed some of our firefighter colleagues wearing a red T-shirt that reads “Firefighter in induction”. The red T-shirt feature – to distinguish firefighters in induction from established colleagues – was proposed by former firefighter newcomers themselves to ensure that their status was duly marked and clear to the CERN community.
On Friday, 10 June, a special ceremony was held at the CERN Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) to mark the completion of the nine-week long induction process for the seven newcomers, who joined the FRS on 1 April 2022. The induction comprises training on all the different risks and specificities of the CERN sites and activities, delivered by both FRS colleagues and external trainers. During the ceremony, the newcomers were formally presented with their official uniform, characterised by a dark blue T-shirt, as well as their full equipment for intervention in any situation on the CERN sites. It was the first such ceremony following the many months of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, which made it a particularly special event.