A family of four
on-call firefighters have 38 years of fighting fires between them.
Mark, Marcus, Daniel
and Nick Pratt are all on-call firefighters based at Hucknall Fire Station.
Mark Pratt father of
Marcus and Daniel has been with the Service for 26 years with his primary role
working for Rolls Royce where he recently retired a year ago and now focuses on
keeping fire engines on the run as part of his role on-call.
Marcus works as a
Workplace Assessment Co-ordinator for NFRS, Daniel is a Dental Technician and
responds from his workplace, whilst Nick works as an Engineer in Castle
Donnington. With such variety of primary employment each family member is able
to provide different times of cover for the Service keeping the fire engines on
Nick Pratt, Mark's
nephew is the newest to join the Service and follows in his cousins and uncles
Nick said: “Being an
on-call firefighter has it’s challenges but the adrenaline and variety of
incidents is what I enjoy most.
“As we live in the
community there is a sense of family, seeing their faces after an incident is
an overwhelming feeling. Everyone is so grateful and it’s nice to help create a
Mark said: “I have
been on-call firefighting for 26 years and every time the pager goes off I get
the same sense of excitement as I did when I started. I enjoy every minute of
every day with the Service and I hope this will continue until I’m no longer able
to fulfil the role.
“Being an on-call
firefighter is such a good and rewarding job and to be able to see my family do
the role alongside me is something I’m immensely proud of.
“It can be emotional
at times knowing your family members are going into a house fire and I might
not be on-call or at the incident. But we’re all highly trained and experienced
for these situations so you put the emotions aside and go to the incident with
one goal and that is to keep the community safe.”
firefighters come from all walks of life and the Pratt family are just one
example of how important on-call firefighting is within the community.
is set to launch on 13 July until the 2 August and NFRS want anyone who is
interested to get in touch to find out more.
Marcus Pratt said:
“I do this role for the buzz and the enjoyment of the on-call lifestyle. It's
definitely a lifestyle choice as you can get times when the pager goes off when
you don’t want it too, whether that’s in the middle of a haircut or sitting down
for tea, you just have be ready and prepared.
connection is strong between us all and it’s really important to have the
family on board. We all fell into this role and it’s great to bring us closer
together. We not only have our family involved but we have our wider on-call
family and there’s nothing more important than this, especially when we attend
Daniel Pratt said:
“I’d encourage anyone who is interested in the role to do their research, speak
to the station and definitely apply. It is very rewarding and there’s certainly
no other feeling like it!
“In my primary role,
I work near to the Station and my employer has kindly been flexible in allowing
me to be on call whilst at work. This means I can turn in and provide cover
throughout the day to keep the trucks on the run.”
We are now recruiting for on call firefighters and if you have been inspired by the Pratt family why not apply today? Find out more by applying through our jobs portal http://jobs.notts-fire.gov.uk