Retained Fire Fighter / Full time Fire Fighter
Obtaining a job as a fire fighter in the UK is known as being very difficult. There are over 1100 applicants for one job vacancy. I achieved this position after applying only once, and passing all the tests first time.
As a Fire Fighter you are trained to respond to many different emergency situations, including house fires, explosions, chemical spills, water rescue, mountain rescue and animal rescue. I was trained as a first responder first aider, a water rescue technician, and rope rescue technician.
The reason for my short stay in the fire service, it was purely down to personal reasons. I was a very capable Fire Fighter but the best way I can describe my experience was that I was a round peg in a square hole
Despite my short stay in the Fire Service, I am proud of my achievement, but perhaps more proud of myself for leaving. Not everyone has the courage to admit to themselves that something is not for them. It is important for me that I am always true to myself, and in this instance I believe I showed great respect for myself by choosing to leave a job I’d worked so hard for. It did of course give me experiences that most people will never have. I have dealt with death, fire, flooding and many more high pressure emergency situations and this means that where others feel pressure I can usually remain calm.