Praise for our Gryphon firefighters
The recent wildfire in Wareham Forest made headline news across the country. It burnt for almost two weeks before being fully extinguished, and damaged approximately 550 acres of land. Firefighters from across Dorset and Wiltshire were called upon to help tackle the blaze, including two on-call firefighters from Sherborne Fire Station who also work at The Gryphon School.
Working long shifts, including nights, Jonny Hole and Marco Cavallero then showed up for their day jobs in the school’s site team.
Marco says “I have been a firefighter for just over 2 years alongside my cleaning job at The Gryphon School and self-employment as a Shiatsu Therapist. The Gryphon School have been very supportive of my role with Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue as I am permitted to be on-call while I am working. The Wareham forest fire was one of my longest call outs over four days with very long shifts and few hours sleep in between! The fire wasn’t extinguished easily, due to heat and wind. Even with the help of the helicopter it took days for the fire to be put out.
The positive experiences I found on the ground is that everyone from many different fire stations were helping each other in a way or another, normal firefighters and officers of higher rank in great solidarity. I am glad is all finished now, but please stay alert to the danger of wildfires and be careful during this dry spring.”
Gryphon Headteacher, Nicki Edwards said “Jonny and Marco are fantastic role models for our students as they balance the demands of being a retained firefighter alongside their commitment to working at The Gryphon School. Their dedication to the community in their firefighter role is inspirational to our whole team, we are very proud of them”.