Louis is a Wholetime Firefighter with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. He took some time to share his experiences of working with the service:
I’ve been a firefighter for over 27 years and was first inspired when I attended an open day at Coleshill fire station. Initially I joined as a retained firefighter and over the years, worked my way up to wholetime role.
Working for the fire and rescue service is just like being in an extended family. It gives you a real sense of achievement, job satisfaction and is a fantastic career to have. The most important part of the role however is being able to give something back to the community and knowing you’ve had a positive impact on somebody else’s day.
As a Fire and Rescue Service we are frequently called out to people in distress and knowing how to respond quickly, but effectively, whilst keeping a calm approach is key to the role. One minute we could be rescuing a person who has become trapped and the next, we could attend a house fire. It’s incredibly varied and there really is no other job like it.
I would encourage anybody who is looking to join the service to just go for it. There’s plenty of training involved to broaden your skills and being a firefighter allows you to push your own boundaries, both physically and mentally.
If you enjoy being a team player, working together towards a common goal and developing potentially lifelong friendships, then becoming a firefighter could be the perfect job for you!
Want to know more about becoming a wholetime Firefighter? Visit the dedicated recruitment pages: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/careersnav/fire-and-rescue-jobs-and-careers/wholetime-firefighters-draft
Think you have what it takes? Apply now for the role of wholetime firefighter on the West Midlands Job Portal: https://www.wmjobs.co.uk/job/11232/wholetime-fire-fighter/