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Trainee firefighters in South Kent

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Jordan Sharp

Jordan Sharp, 21

Former small business owner

"I wanted to join KFRS as I had a desire to do a job helping my community. I wanted to work in a diverse and challenging environment where every day was different and also the privilege of working with a variety of different people. I feel being a firefighter is a job I can be proud of and others can be proud of me. It will test me mentally and physically which is exactly what I was looking for. I am able to do a job that excites me and gets my adrenaline pumping and I felt that this is a job I would love for the whole of my career."

 

 

 

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Andrew McBay

Andrew McBay

Former security employee

"Being a role model in the community is very important to me. I know children look up to firefighters and I feel we have an obligation to be there for them and their families. I wanted to be part of a team that solves problems in the community, whether it is a fire, flood, hazardous material spill, or other emergency. It feels good to know that citizens can rely on the fire service to help solve their problems. The camaraderie that develops in the fire station really appeals to me, living and working together for 24 hours at a time allows firefighters to develop some incredibly strong bonds of loyalty and friendship."

 

 

 

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Lora Burkhill

Lora Burkhill, 32

Former Postgraduate researcher

"I wanted to become a firefighter to be there for someone in their time of need, to make the worst day of their life just that little bit better. I’m a kind, compassionate person and it was important for me to find a profession that allows me to make a positive difference, where I go home at the end of the day feeling proud of the work I’ve done. I’m often described as a ‘people person’ but thrive most when working in teams, therefore the close-knit nature of the fire service greatly appeals to me. You really are joining a very unique family in KFRS and I know I have friends for life."

 

 

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Sam Lambell

Samuel Lambell, 25

Former roofer

"Since leaving school, I’ve never known what I wanted to do. No job I did gave me the challenges or interest I needed. With KFRS, it was everything I was looking for in a career. More than anything, it’s a career that has a purpose and that’s something I’m really proud to say I’m part of."

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Steven Hughes

Matthew Hughes, 32

Former duty manager and fitness trainer

"I have been keen to join the fire and rescue service for some time now. During my time at the Fire Service College I had the opportunity to get an insight into the role of a firefighter through a variety of experiences, which has contributed to my vast interest in taking the role myself. I love to be challenged both mentally and physically, so the training, professionalism and versatility needed as a firefighter is great appealing. Overall for me it’s the pride of knowing that I’m helping to make a difference to people’s lives when they need it the most and the scope I have personally within the organisation to do that."

 

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Jake Tolhurst

Jake Tolhurst, 25

Former retail employee

"I’ve always known I wanted to join public service and was never sure which section I wanted to go into until college where I did a public services qualification. We got visits from many public sector agencies and I learnt a little about each, but it was the fire service that hooked me. The appeal was the work variety, the teamwork and the difference you can make to someone in a horrible situation who might describe it as the worst day of their lives."

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