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Trainee firefighters in East Kent

Thomas Best, 29 (Deal)

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From childhood, I had two passions: rugby and wanting to be a firefighter. I was fortunate enough to enjoy the start of a professional rugby career from a young age, but a bad injury cut my career short which inspired me to focus on the fire service. I joined KFRS seven years ago as an on-call firefighter based at Deal station; which further fuelled my ambition to become a fully competent wholetime firefighter. I wanted to work in a job where every day is different, and where I’m faced with the variety of situations that Kent Fire and Rescue Service responds to on a daily basis. The not knowing what I may or may not be doing for the day excites me and motivates me to always be fully prepared for any situation which may unfold.

Craig Redman, 38 (Dover)

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I have always thought about joining the fire service, however because of my previous work commitments I was never unable to start the process. I believe that my work history is a perfect match for Kent Fire and Rescue Service. I also enjoy being part of a team and helping the wider community. I’m a strong believer that if you are happy in your work then you are also happy in your personal life – it’s all about work life balance!

Samuel Newton, 33 (Dover)

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Growing up I always wanted to be either a soldier or a firefighter, when I got to the end of school the fire service wasn’t recruiting so chose to join the Army. After leaving the Army I’ve gone from job to job never being entirely happy, then I found out Kent were recruiting so applied. Now I can say I’ve done both jobs that I’d always wanted to do. I wanted to join the fire service as it gives a great work life balance and I get to help people in the community when they most need it. I also enjoy the comradery, discipline and the adrenaline you get. This job enables me to have a fantastic job and also a fantastic home life.

Andrew Lane, 38 (Ramsgate)

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I have worked for Kent Fire and Rescue Service for a little while now and am glad to be able to take part in a full recruit course. It’s been an enjoyable 16 weeks and I now look forward to being on station and becoming part of a station crew. I like that there’s a wide variation of incidents and being challenged personally. I’m glad to be in a job that will help people in the community at times of need.

Karen Wale, 38 (Ramsgate)

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I never thought I would find myself with this opportunity. But I am extremely proud to be completing course 181. I am looking forward to the satisfaction of being part of making a positive difference to people’s lives in a sometimes undesirable situation, however recognise the resilience needed when the desired outcome is not achieved. I see the fire service as providing an exciting career opportunity with unpredictable situations which will lead to new encounters with the prospect of thriving and developing into a role that will be fulfilling and rewarding.

Joe Dormer, 24 (Canterbury)

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I have always had a great respect for firefighters and for quite a few years have aspired to become one. Having a career which requires you to be both practically-minded but also having to constantly use your brain to problem solve in high pressure situations is something which is ideal for me. A career as a firefighter in Kent Fire and Rescue Service was also very appealing to me as it is one of the rare careers which enables you to help the community and individuals in wide range of situations and hopefully improve their circumstances on what could be the worst day of their life. 

Sean Marsh, 28 (Canterbury)

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I have always wanted to join Kent Fire and Rescue Service to help contribute to the local community and help people in their moment of need. It has been eye-opening to see how the service operates and the duties of a firefighter and I have enjoyed the discipline and respect within the service. I have loved every minute of the course and can’t wait to get started with my career in the fire service. The reputation of KFRS is second to none and I could not be prouder to be part of the organisation.

Joseph Dennis, 28 (Margate)

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When I left school, becoming a firefighter was something that I was keen to pursue, however Kent Fire and Rescue Service were not recruiting at the time. Therefore I went on to do several other jobs and some traveling. When KFRS started recruiting for wholetime firefighters, a career as a firefighter appealed to me greatly. Having the opportunity to be able to give back to the community on a daily basis, while continuing to learn and develop new skills throughout my career is exactly what I hope to achieve. Recruit course 181 has been an incredible experience and one which I will never forget. I have made friends for life and learnt so much.

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