Case Study – John Buckley - Chief Fire Officer
I first joined the fire and rescue service across the border in Derbyshire, after seeing an advert in the local newspaper seeking retained firefighters. The advert attracted me at the time as it made the job sound important for the community, in terms of providing fire cover, and also offered training in a range of areas that would help me in my full time job – such as first aid, team working and leadership. Very soon after joining the retained crew in Heanor, I realised that being a firefighter was a really rewarding role that suited me really well, so when the opportunity arose for me to apply for a wholetime role I submitted an application straight away. My first two attempts actually failed, but fortunately on the third attempt I was successful. I went on to join Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1996, and the rest is history... For anybody thinking about joining our team as a firefighter, I would seriously encourage you to get in touch with your local crew. Not only is it personally a rewarding job, but it will also see you helping to keep people in your local area safe – as well as giving you a wide range of new skills. If you haven’t thought about joining us, I would strongly advise having a look at the information on the careers page on our website. You may already have the skills to be a fantastic firefighter, you just don’t know it yet!
Case Study – Lamour White - On-Call
I initially looked at becoming a firefighter because of the flexibility, but soon after speaking to my local Watch Manager I realised that the crew there was pretty much one big family. I wanted to be part of that family and be a part of what they stood for and represented. Since joining the Service it has pretty much become my life. I can’t imagine not being a firefighter anymore and I’m now looking at ways that I can progress my career. My favourite parts of the job are getting to wear breathing apparatus and the community engagement work. There is no better rush than being committed into a fire wearing breathing apparatus, with a partner by your side, and completing your task. Not only is it exhilarating, but it’s incredibly rewarding too – as you know you’ve played your part in preserving someone’s life, or someone’s home. Equally, I feel it’s really important to interact with people in the local community, whether it be giving them fire safety advice or just letting them know that we are always there for them. If you’re thinking of joining the Service I would say that the hard work you have to put in is definitely worth it. The job is forever changing so it’s important that you stay focussed on your goals and constantly be prepared to learn and better yourself. Do this and you’ll get there.
Case Study – Leigh Curtis - On-Call & Wholetime
Prior to joining the Service I had always wanted to carry out an active and worthwhile job. I had started working at a company across the road from the retained fire station in East Leake and I could see the fire engine turning out to incidents from my window. I started to wonder whether this could be an exciting job to do and so I spoke to one of the local firefighters who told me to pop into the station the following week. I've never looked back!
The best part of the job is that you never know from one minute to the next what you are going to be attending. As soon as the alarm sounds you start to wonder what has happened and all you want to do is go and help people in their time of need. It's obviously not always a happy ending but we always help people the best we can. To anybody thinking of joining us, I would simply say do it as you will absolutely love it. You are forever learning new skills which not only benefit the Service, but also yourself in day to day life. Helping people within your local community in their time of need is extremely rewarding and, whilst it is a big commitment, it's worth it to get paid for doing a job you love!
Case Study – Aneta Suszcyk - On-Call
I had wanted to join Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service for a long time so I could serve my community and work in a professional team, and now having joined the Crew at Southwell Fire Station I strongly believe that I could save somebody’s life in the future. For that reason I am proud to wear the uniform and be part of the Service. The best part of the job for me, at the moment, is getting to develop my skills at incidents and getting to work as part of a team – especially as the team work in the fire and rescue service is so good. I’m currently in the second phase of my training and am loving every single drill. If you’re thinking of joining the fire and rescue service, I would say that doing it would be one of the best decisions of your life. I’ve become a stronger and better person, I’ve made my parents proud and I’ve met a lot of magnificent people from trainees to Station Managers – all of which help motivate you to be the best you can be. You’re never alone at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, as there’s always someone by your side if you’re struggling. If you want to be part of an amazing team, join up!
Case Study – Sonny Roberts - Wholetime
I wanted a job that wasn't just about making money, but about making a difference to people's lives. The fire and rescue service gives me the opportunity to do this, every day. There is so much more to the job than just firefighting, I love the community side of the role - whether that be school visits, home safety checks or visiting care homes. Going out as a firefighter and being in the community is a great feeling, its also a job that allows you to balance your work and family life, due to the shift patterns. If you're put off by your perceptions of the job is, please stop! Come and speak to a firefighter, they will tell you that there is so much more to it than you realise.
Case Study – Jonathan Redmile - On-Call
It has been a lifelong dream of mine to become a firefighter. My dad was in the fire and rescue service for 30 years and I saw how much satisfaction it gave him. After moving to a village where there was a retained fire station I was able to apply and was thankfully successful. To be able to save and help people is a real morale booster. Being a firefighter gives you great life skills that you are able to use in other parts of your life. It’s also great being part of such a good team at Collingham as it enables us to work together as one when training and attending incidents. The job can push you to your limits, both physically and emotionally, but the rewards far outweigh it. I have a young family and also work in the construction industry, so balancing everything is of course a challenge but it helps that I have a really supportive employer and a really supportive family. Covering upto 84 hours a week might seem like a daunting prospect, but it can definitely work and with the help of your colleagues and managers it really is possible. If you are thinking of applying to join the Service, I would say definitely do it. From the moment you walk into training school on your first day you realise how much of a positive experience it will be for you. At the age I am personally I didn’t think I would be successful but age is just a number if you are physically and mentally ready for the challenge in front of you. It is without a doubt one of the demanding and emotional experiences I have had to go through but the end result is so worth it and I wouldn’t change a thing. I have never felt as proud of myself as I did on my Passing Out Parade in front of my family.
Case Study – Gemma Whelbourn - Wholetime
Case Study – James Armstrong-Clausen - On-Call
I joined the fire and rescue service to give back to my community and to develop my skill range. The best part is working together with my team, whether it be at a training session or an incident, and it is great that we all support eachother. The training course is both physically and mentally demanding. It was more challenging than I ever expected, but it was a great achievement to pass. To anybody thinking of applying, I would say do it! It’s incredibly rewarding and, if you have the determination, you should definitely go for it.
Case Study – Kieron Thomas - Wholetime
I've always wanted a career where I can help my community. A job in which you never know what's going to happen next, something that gives you the chance to keep bettering yourself as an individual. A job for life. The best thing, for me, is knowing that as a team we make a difference to our community - that makes me proud to wear the badge. If you're thinking of joining us, I would definitely say come along to one of our recruitment open days or attend a firefighter awareness event. If you love it, then go for it and let nothing hold you back - follow your dreams! Good luck, see you on the incident ground!
Case Study – Richard Collins - On-Call
My interest in joining Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service started when I visited Bingham Fire Station with my school many years ago. I've loved it since then, and always wanted to join.
Having started at Bingham last year, I can safely say I love all aspects of the job – so much so that I don't have a favourite. Going out and riding the appliance is great, as is getting out within the community. One of the best parts about working for the Service though has to be the way in which Wholetime and Retained crews work so well together – be it training or a real incident. There's a real team spirit across the different stations and working with others means you can benefit from their knowledge and experience.
To anybody thinking of joining, I would say the training is tough – but if you stick with it you will find yourself in a very good and rewarding job.
Case Study – Rebecca Sims - Wholetime
I had been a youth worker in my previous career and had also worked in a support role for another fire and rescue service. I saw what firefighting was actually all about and really wanted to do it as I wanted a change. It isn't just what it looks like on TV! Personally I love my job as every day is different and requires a variety of skills and strengths. Its a challenge, both physically and mentally, which gives a huge sense of achievement when it all comes together. I enjoy working in a team and there's always support when you need it. There's also lots of training even after your initial course, so it's interesting to keep adding to my skills and improving my knowledge in a variety of areas. If you want the job, never give up. Train and prepare well for the application process, ask lots of questions and use any contacts you have to do your research!
Case Study – Phil Ellis - On-Call
Being a firefighter is something that I have always thought of as being one of the best jobs in the world - right the way back to an early age. The fire and rescue service also had a major part to play in saving my father's life, so when the opportunity to join the crew at Bingham arose I knew it was something that I had to do.
For me the best part of the job is the constant learning of new skills and the real difference that we make in other people's lives. I love the fact that the role can be so varied and each incident we attend is unique in its own way. The very first call that I attended was a house fire, followed by a second job which was a road traffic collision. I have also been to incidents such as internal flooding and assisting East Midlands Ambulance Service in their work.
Overall though the best part of the service for me is that unlike other jobs that I have worked in, the whole team is supportive in so many ways and are really keen to develop you. The Service been nothing but full of support and encouragement right from the offset and whilst at times there have been challenging moments, the results have always been worth it.
There are also many different roles within the fire and rescue service so if you develop an interest in a certain area then this is something that the Service will support you with.
I would say to anyone that is thinking about joining that if they have thought about it then the job is probably for them. Personally speaking I think joining the Service was possibly one of the best decisions that I have ever made and I would recommend it to anybody that likes to feel that they can make a difference.
Case Study – Daniel Palmer - Wholetime
I get a lot of satisfaction from helping others and for me this job is the ultimate way in which I can assist the community, whilst increasing public safety. The best thing about being a firefighter is that you get to work as part of a team to help others, and I would advise anyone wanting to join us to try and attend one of the events being held across the county. They give prospective candidates the opportunity to get a feel for what the job actually entails, as well as being able to ask operational firefighters any questions they may have about the role.