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..."
Here is the Chief Fire Officer, with his experience of working within the Fire Service.
Damien West - Area Manager
"The ideal Firefighter to me, is somebody who will come and embrace the different challenges that we face within the Fire Service. We need people who are stong and fit but we need a range of people who can deliver different roles and to be part of a team."
Damien explains why team work is important within the Fire Service here.
Sonny Roberts - Crew Manager
"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."
Here is Sonny's experience within the Service:
Gary Wilson - Watch Manager
"The best thing about being a Firefighter is helping people, whether this is within the community or at incidents, they all give me the constant learning experience. I have been doing this job for over 25 years and have loved every single day."
Watch the video for more on Gary's experience at NFRS.
Uroosa Arshid - Firefighter
"My favourite thing about being a Firefighter is probably the fact that no matter how big or small the activity is that you are doing, you are still a part of saving someone's life - that can be from fitting a smoke alarm to saving somebody from a burning building. No two days are the same, and that's why I love my job."
Watch the video to find out more about Uroosa and her job as a Firefighter.
Joseph Hall - Firefighter
"To tell you the truth, I didn't know why I wanted to be a Firefighter, I just saw the role as a great opportunity for my future development. It was something different for me but I was able to push myself, and I am proud to be a Firefighter."
Here is more on Joseph's experience as a Firefighter.
Laura Wilton - Firefighter
"For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to become a Firefighter. I have always been an active person, and have always wanted a job that was both physical and challenging."
Laura tells us about how hard she trained to become a Firefighter here.
Martin Molloy - Station Manager
"I came from a mining village in Yorkshire, one of four children, single parent family and self educated. If I can do it, then Yes You Can. I have always enjoyed working for the Fire Service. The work we do is very diverse, no two days are the same which means it is never boring."
To find out more about Martin's progression within the Service, then watch this video below.
Deon Meikle - Firefighter
"I like that every day is different within the Fire Service, I like being surrounded by my watch everyday and the thought of having the opportunity to develop. I always wanted a job that would make my family, especially my son, proud."
Watch the video to find out more about Deon's experience at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Daniel Palmer - Watch Manager
"I have wanted to become a Firefighter for a long time due to my dad being in the Service when I was younger. I was interested from an early age but as I grew up I knew I had to gain more life experience before joining."
Dan applied to be a Wholetime Firefighter five times. Watch this video to find out more about his experience within the Service.