I joined Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service 11 years ago as an On Call Firefighter. From a young age, I always had aspirations to join the Fire Service and so, at 19 years old, I saw this as an excellent opportunity for me to begin and develop my career with the Fire Service. From 2007, whilst working as an On Call Firefighter, I also had a full time job working, originally, as an electrical engineer before working my way up to become District Technical Manager for a global gas and electric company.
Not only did becoming an On Call Firefighter allow me to serve in my local community, I also felt a sense of escapism from my day to day job and the role allowed me to do something I have a real passion for.
Seven years into my career as an On Call Firefighter, I applied for promotion and successfully became a Crew Commander. I believe my knowledge and experience gained whilst working in the utilities industry helped develop my managerial skills and experience further. This promotion has allowed me to take on increased responsibly in the Fire Service and I now regularly ride in charge of a fire appliance and run incidents.
In 2017 I applied to become a full time Flexi Firefighter; a relatively new position created within Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. This meant leaving my full time ‘day job’ within the utilities industry. Whilst this was a big decision for me having been working within the gas and electric industry for 10 years, it simply was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.
For the last 12 months I have been working as a flexi Firefighter and haven’t looked back. This role has allowed me to meet lots of people and work at a variety of stations. I have also been lucky enough to have been trained as a SWRT (swift water rescue technician); a specialist skill which could save many lives.
My focus now is to continue to improve upon the skills I have learnt and developed over the last decade and work towards promotion in this flexi role.