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Trainee firefighters in West Kent

Dartford

Craig Austin

Craig Austin, 33

Former civil servant

"I’ve wanted to be a firefighter since childhood. Having previously been employed by KFRS and thoroughly enjoyed that time, I always had the desire to work for them again. Fortunately for me, the recruitment freeze ended this year and I was successful in achieving my childhood dream."

 

 

Dartford

Nathan O'Donnell

Nathan O'Donnell, 24

Former freelance copywriter

"While working as a writer I found each day was more or less the same. I wanted to work in a job where I could make a difference to people’s lives, be part of a team and have a real sense of purpose and pride in what I did. When KFRS advertised, I knew I’d always regret it if I didn’t apply. I put as much effort into every stage of the recruitment process and haven’t looked back since."

 

 

Thames-side

Sam Sellick

Sam Sellick, 30

Former fire control operator

"I first joined KFRS as a fire control operator in 2012. I became an on-call firefighter in 2013, which gave me a taste of what it would be like to do the job full time, so when KFRS opened recruitment for wholetime firefighters for the first time in over 10 years, I jumped at the opportunity. I wanted to become a wholetime firefighter as I enjoy the unique challenge that the job brings, no two days are the same and when you report for duty you never know what you could be faced with."

Thames-side

Stevie Hawkwood

Stevie Hawkwood, 29

Former soldier, British Army

"I left the army due to wanting to be at home more with my family. The fire service appealed to me due to the exciting nature of the job, the fact that I would be making a difference within my community with the high chance of saving lives. All the parts that I would miss about the army I could still get, especially the bond shared with colleagues, as well as training within a disciplined service with likeminded professional people. I would never be the type of person to work in an office environment, I enjoy practical work and being challenged both mentally and physically, with the added sense of danger and excitement there is no better career for me."

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