Hi I’m Karen and I became a Firefighter 11 years ago and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. I previously worked for a large Corporate Company and whilst I liked my job, it didn’t completely satisfy me. Something was missing! I’d always wanted to be a Firefighter but didn’t have the confidence to apply, but now I can honestly say I wish I’d done it sooner.
Being a Wholetime Duty System (WDS) Firefighter is much more than just fighting fires. My job varies from day to day including cutting people from cars, rescuing animals, conducting water & boat rescues, educating school children on fire safety and visiting vulnerable people advising them on how to keep safe in their homes and yes of course fighting fires! These are just a few of the roles we take on.
It’s all about working closely as a team and that’s what attracted me to becoming a Firefighter. I soon discovered everyone on the watch brings their own strengths, so when we work together we bring out the best in each other. Being the only female on my watch I might not physically be the strongest but I am stronger in other areas, I’m part of the team.
So, if you like love working in a team, want a job that offers daily challenges and variety, are keen to learn new skills as well as helping children and adults in the community…. challenge yourself and become a Firefighter. You will never look back!