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Trainee firefighters in Mid Kent

Gabor Horvath, 33 (Ashford)

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In recent years I started to feel that I needed a change of work. I took account of my interests and skills and tried to look for something that I could see as a career rather than just my next job. Once someone in my family mentioned firefighting, I realised I didn’t know much about it. The more I looked into it the more I felt that this could be the one for me. Having gone through the training course it has become even clearer that being a firefighter is definitely something I enjoy and can see as a long-term career. A job that gives me a platform to help people and make a difference to the community I serve and the privilege to have a career that both my family and myself could be proud of.

Christopher Wesson, 29 (Ashford)

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Becoming a firefighter is a lifelong dream of mine inspired by my grandfather’s time in the fire service and I’m immensely proud to finally see it become a reality after 16 amazing weeks with the remarkable people of recruit course 181. It’s a great feeling knowing that you’ve made someone’s day a little better and I’m now entering into a profession where I will hopefully be able to do that every day. I’m looking forward to the challenges that the job will inevitably present during my career and to the fact that no two shifts will ever be the same.

Max Fenton, 24 (Maidstone)

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I always wanted to be a firefighter. Prior to being chosen for course 181 I was an on-call firefighter for six years which is a job I loved, however I quickly realised I wanted to be more involved in the fire service in a wholetime capacity. I have always found the work extremely rewarding and thrive on putting in maximum effort and being able to see the difference we are making. Being chosen for recruit course 181 was a great honour and I have thoroughly enjoyed honing my skills. However the most rewarding was sharing the experience with close friends on the course which I am confident will be friends for life and will go on to make positive impact to the people of Kent. It has been a pleasure to spend a part of my life and potentially serve with you all. Stay safe and see you on the “big job”.

Michael Burton, 30 (Maidstone)

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It wasn’t until my early twenties I realised I’d be interested in a career like firefighting. From my previous employment I discovered a love for an active job that provides a different challenge every day; but I felt unfulfilled not doing something more productive to further myself, and improve the world around me. This is when I realised the fire service would tick these boxes for me and enable me to do something good in the wider community, a job I could reflect back on at retirement age and be proud that I’ve done something worthwhile with my life.

Jon Gater, 36 (Folkestone)

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After 11 years as an on-call firefighter in Kent I really enjoyed the work. I decided now was the time for all or nothing and decided to put my efforts into becoming a wholetime firefighter. The course has been a great time to learn new skills, and refresh older ones. Working with some of the best people possible. I’m looking forward to getting back out on the pumps and helping the people of Kent.

Jack George, 28 (Folkestone)

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After leaving school I guess I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I chose to study carpentry at college as this is what I achieved my highest grade in. I continued working in the construction industry for a local building firm, not particularly enjoying it but doing it to earn a living. My local fire station was advertising for on-call firefighters so I thought this would be a great opportunity to start something new. An opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and play a vital role in the community. It didn’t take long for me to realise that being a full time fire fighter was what I wanted to do. Once the opportunity came around I applied and was successful at every hurdle. Being a part of recruit course 181 has simply been the best time. I will very much look forward to seeing my fellow recruits out and about as we start to build a successful career in the fire service.

Luke Harrison, 29 (Tunbridge Wells)

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Although I enjoyed my previous job, part of which involved carrying out rescue work similar to the fire service, being a firefighter is something I’ve wanted to do from as young as I can remember. I always imagined it would be a great career, but even in the 4 short months I’ve been a part of Kent Fire and Rescue Service so far, the teamwork, trust, camaraderie and passion for the job is on a level I’ve never seen or experienced before. It’s taken a lot of hard work, determination and patience to get here, but when you couple the above with the fact that it’s all for the purpose of helping people and the community, the word ’great’ just doesn’t cut it – I truly think I’m at the start of one of the best and most rewarding careers out there.

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