Upcott joined Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2020 with our newest
batch of firefighters after retiring from being a professional athlete.
retiring, Charlotte was a British short track speed skater who competed at the
2014 and 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
The day she
retired was the day NFRS opened their recruitment after many years of not
recruiting for wholetime firefighters.
said: “I was scouted for speed skating at such a young age, and from then it only
took me two years to make a national team. I then moved to Nottingham to make
something out of a great opportunity.
“I was an
elite athlete for 13 years, so I wanted to do something that would most
effectively utilise the skills gained from that and to continue to work in a
"Retiring from sport can be hard for any
athlete as you can sometimes feel you are losing your identity, purpose
and support system all at once. I felt very lucky to have the support from the
service and my friends and family in pursuing my new career and passion.
currently at Arnold Fire Station and so far, I have loved my experience. There
is a strong team environment when on shift, and I have really gelled well with
them. We rely on each other’s strengths during incidents which is supportive
and gives me confidence.
“Both of my
careers have the same values such as professionalism and one team which is
really important to me. I love how being a firefighter gives me confidence to
push my barriers and to be in an environment where everyone’s contributions are