This page is dedicated to Men and has been written by Male employees at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service for their future Male colleagues.

Niluka Eratne
ICT Engineer based at Headquarters, Llantrisant

My name is Nilks and I have been working as an ICT engineer for SWFRS since October 2015. I work in a challenging environment making sure that the IT needs of Stations and Offices are running as efficiently as possible. Whilst doing this my department are constantly looking to improve the use of IT within the Service to make our end user service the best it can be. We are a very diverse department and we have a big part to play in all aspects of the service. We are mostly seen in the background but essential to the day to day running of the organisation.

I am currently based in the Communication department working with the mission critical equipment for the Fire appliances and for Firefighters, so that in emergency cases the technology we use is smooth and seamless so we can attend incidents at speed and with total accuracy. It is very fulfilling to know that although we are not at the forefront of an emergency incident, what we do in the background is essential in ensuring that the general public get the response needed and expected of an emergency service.

Working for SWFRS makes me feel very proud and I truly enjoy coming to work every day. Working within so many different departments with different needs is a big challenge but one that all of the ICT team thrive upon. I look forward to working many more years with SWFRS with the aim to improve and develop the use of ICT to make our Service stand out as one of the best.

 

Steve Rossiter
Head of Operational Risk Management
based at Headquarters, Llantrisant

In the 28 years I’ve been in the Fire and Rescue Service there’s never been a day when I’ve said “I don’t feel like going to work today”, I’ve loved every minute.

It brings variety with the many different aspects such as training (to ensure we have the appropriate skills necessary to do this vital role), educating and advising the community on how to keep their homes, workplace and themselves safe and healthy and not forgetting the type and number of incidents we attend every day, this is true job satisfaction on a wide scale. The teamwork and friendships you build over time are life-long, you rely on your peers for your own safety and they on you for theirs. I have strong friendships with my colleagues who I trained with back in 1988 and we reminisce together on a regular basis.

We are seen as role models within our communities, that’s because of the important job we do and the role we play. The Service provides so many opportunities for its staff, I left school without any qualifications and the Service has given me a second bite of the cherry. I was supported through two university courses and now hold a BSc in Building Fire Studies and a MSc in Management, all of which have enabled me to grow as a person.

The support, friendship, facilities, equipment, personal protective uniform, training and opportunities are second to none within our Service. I would find it difficult to compare other jobs to that of a Firefighter. It’s an amazing career.

 

Stuart Brock
Fire Safety Adviser based at Headquarters, Llantrisant

Hi, I am Stuart Brock. I joined South Wales Fire and Rescue Service 11 years ago and have worked in a range of different roles and departments within the Service whilst having the opportunity to develop my career through the excellent training and development opportunities the Service provides.  

Life on the watch is very varied. No two days are ever the same which is something I particularly like about my role. Duties range from cleaning equipment, maintaining operational competence through training to ensure we provide the best service to those who need our help, to meeting members of the public providing advice on a variety of topics including how to keep people safe from road traffic collisions or fires in the home.

As a Watch Manager I am responsible for dealing with the variety of operational incidents that we attend and also responsible for the day to day running of the watch. I thoroughly enjoy working for a dedicated and professional Fire and Rescue Service and dealing with the variety of daily challenges I’m faced with. Community engagement is an important aspect of my role aspect which enables me to contribute to reducing risk through various avenues to help keep communities safe within a modern day fire service.