Lucy is a Wholetime Firefighter with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. Sam took some time to share her experiences of working with the service:
For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a firefighter. I think I was inspired after undertaking my Duke of Edinburgh Award, which involved a visit to our local fire station. I just knew from then, that it was what I wanted to do.
At 20, I fulfilled that dream and after passing the initial induction programme, I was offered the job as a firefighter with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.
To date, the job has not disappointed. I get into work every shift looking forward to what the day or night will bring. It’s always varied and it’s great to be able to help people out of a difficult situation or rescue them from a road traffic collision or house fire. It’s not always easy, but that’s just part of the job.
For me, I think the toughest part of being a firefighter is getting to an incident involving farming or agriculture, where you see their business going up in flames. I have lived in the country for many years, so I feel a real empathy with how hard farmers work and the devastation a fire can cause to their businesses.
The best part of the job, well there are so many…but I do love it when I go into a school to talk to the younger children. When we first go into the school, the children are often surprised that a firefighter can be a lady, their reactions are priceless. I also love the fact that I can help people when they are most in need and prevent potential issues before they happen by carrying out business or home fire safety checks.
My advice for anyone wanting to become a firefighter would be to work hard, really hard. Persevere and just keep trying. It’s not easy, but if you really want it you will make it. For me, it is the best job in the world!
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/