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Trainee firefighters in North Kent

Trainee firefighters in North Kent

Thomas Brown, 29 (Chatham)

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Since leaving the military, the only job that appealed to me was becoming a firefighter. The camaraderie of working within a team, doing a physically demanding job and having the privilege to serve the community really appealed to me. I was delighted to be successful in the application process and while waiting for the recruit course, I worked for the ambulance service. This job has given me a lot of the things I have missed about being in the military. I look forward to a career serving the people of Kent and working within such a proud service.

Samuel Colgan, 22 (Chatham)

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I wanted to join the fire service as I have never been someone content with working in the mundane. This came to the forefront when leaving university with no idea what I wanted to do. After hearing my father’s advice, I applied for the fire service. I wanted to work for an organisation which made a difference, providing vital support to people on their worst day. I feel there is no better career than one which provides the ability to work in a team to overcome daily challenges and difficult situations. The recruit course has created memories which will stay with me for life. Learning and living with such a close team only fuels my enthusiasm to begin my career.

James Defries, 26 (Rochester)

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Since leaving education, I have worked in several jobs that haven’t been overly fulfilling. It wasn’t until I took a year out to travel the world that I realised I needed to make a significant change in my life. That change came in the form of Kent Fire and Rescue Service, and I can gladly say that I’ve finally found a career that I feel suited towards. My experience so far has been extremely rewarding, working with a great team of people and learning something new every day. The course has been the perfect combination of hard work, teamwork, camaraderie and some light-hearted jesting along the way. I am truly looking forward to what the future holds, and hope for a long and prosperous career within the service. 

Aaron Newby, 31 (Sittingbourne)

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Upon leaving school I decided I wanted to be a firefighter but as I was too young to apply I attended college to complete a two-year public services course hoping this would give me an advantage when applying. When I finished the course, Kent Fire and Rescue Service had put a stop to recruitment and I lived too far away to join as an oncall firefighter, I ended up doing various other jobs but always had an eye on applying when the time came. I got fed up with doing jobs that when I came home I felt like I hadn’t really achieved anything during the day. I couldn’t be happier now that I am in KFRS and knowing each and every day will be different and I will also be making a difference to the people that live, work and travel in Kent.

Sam Hobbs, 29 (Strood)

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I hadn’t really thought about joining the fire and rescue service until I saw that they were taking wholetime applications back in 2017. I had a read through the job role and application process and decided it sounded like something I definitely wanted to do. The further I get into the training and the more understanding I gain about the organisation, the more I feel like my initial instinct was correct. I thoroughly enjoy learning about all of the equipment and processes within the service and am looking forward to the variety of challenges that I will face throughout my career. I am excited to continue learning and developing with an organisation that I can say that I’m proud to work for.

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