Sam is a Wholetime Firefighter with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. Sam took some time to share her experiences of working with the service:
I’ve been part of the fire service for 17 years now. I started off as a firefighter and have worked my way up to Crew Commander at Stratford Fire Station.
It took me four long years of hard work and dedication to become a firefighter. It’s an amazing career to have and I love every minute of it. It really was the best decision I ever made.
For me, the best part about my job is working in a team environment and never knowing what the day ahead is going to bring. Our duties can range from community fire safety talks, carrying out home fire safety checks to school visits and talking to the elderly. On other days we could be rescuing people from rivers, road traffic collisions or gliders stuck in trees. It really is true when I say that no day is ever the same.
People are often surprised to see a female firefighter arrive at the scene, but once they know you’re in charge and in control, everything is fine. Being a female in the fire service certainly has its challenges, and we have different strengths and weaknesses to what the men do, but we always work well as a team.
For anybody wanting to become a firefighter, I would encourage you to persevere and try as best you can to get in, because it’s a brilliant job. Once you’re in the service you get really good job satisfaction and it’s a great team environment. In all honesty, we are just one big happy family.
Want to know more about becoming a wholetime Firefighter? Visit the dedicated recruitment pages of the Warwickshire Website: 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/