I JOINED the service 21 years ago and have been at Eccleston fire station for four years.
I was serving an apprenticeship as a maintenance fitter before I joined. One of the lads that I worked with joined the fire service and I applied when I saw an advert in the ECHO.
We are essential to the community and the public has always warmed to the fire service. I think it is because our ultimate purpose is to ensure their safety and well-being. They know that when things go wrong they can call on us.
We don’t just provide a reactive service, we understand prevention is better than cure and have worked tirelessly to prevent incidents by working with intervention teams, fitting smoke alarms, providing home fire safety advice and working on road traffic accident reduction campaigns.
This has resulted in a drastic reduction in accidental fires, fatal fires and road collisions.
To deal with the risk firefighters face, we have to make sure we are as skilled as we can be through continuous training. We will never rest on our laurels to make our communities as safe as we can make them.
Although I have attended very serious incidents, the most satisfying feeling is when you manage to rescue someone, knowing that without you they would not have survived.