“Firefighting doesn’t just involve saving cats from trees.”

By Lora Jones
BBC News, Business reporter

Image source, Elsie Emery
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You have many options for a career in firefighting.

Working lives were disrupted by the pandemic. Many people were affected by the pandemic, including job losses, loss of home schooling, overtime, and a difficult commute to the table.

Some have had to completely rethink the career path as a result of these changes. Randstad UK surveyed nearly 25% of the 6,000 employees and found that almost 25% planned to switch jobs within the next six months.

Some big questions might arise when you start a job hunt. Which are my favorite things? How do I make my life comfortable? Does work make sense for me?

This article is part of a series entitled “At Work” that examines how people find meaning in daily life.

Elsie Emery is a firefighter.

How did you find your job?

When I was 17 years old, I submitted my application and became 18 during the process of recruitment.

I’ve always known I wanted to work in emergency services and it was a dream of mine. I was very fortunate to find out that local firefighters were now recruiting. It was a great timing.

Although you do not need to have any special qualifications, it is necessary to take online assessments in Maths and English as well as situational judgement, behavioural science, and English before you can go for your fitness assessment. It is no joke to get Level 8.8 through a bleep exam. To prove your competence in the water, you must be able swim 50m in just 70 seconds. You also need to keep these levels of fitness throughout your career.

You then go on to the practical assessment where five tests are given. These include climbing ladders, putting them back on trucks, and taking apart your equipment. This is something you have never done before.

Interviews and presentations were made at a later time. The whole process takes approximately six to nine months.

Fire services hire a lot of people who want it. There were approximately 3,000 candidates for the 15 jobs in my round, which meant that they had to narrow it down. When I was offered the job, my parents were thrilled.

Firefighting routes:

A college course. You must complete the Level 2, 3 Diploma in Public Administration before applying for fire service.

Apprenticeship: This is where you might be eligible to get started training in an advanced operational firefighter apprenticeship. To do this, you will need to work for a fire department.

Application direct: Apply to your fire station directly. Each one has their own requirements.

Fire service volunteer training or course: Volunteering is an option to help you prepare.

Source: National Careers Service

What is a normal day like?

There is no day the same. You can get stuck if you don’t do something new every time you visit. [to a business].

[Every shift]We do a handover of the night/day shift that preceded it so we are aware what needs to be followed up.

Our vehicles are subject to a variety of equipment checks, including our breathing apparatus. This is done in order for them to be operational-ready. So that we can respond to an emergency, all our training must be kept up to date. One option is to do a mock rescue. Another alternative is to go outside and chop a car in order for collision training.

In addition to that, there is a lot of exercise. There’s a gym in our building. [at the]Keep your strength up by doing circuits.

We also do community visits. This involves going out to the most vulnerable members of your community and educating them, setting up evacuation plans or putting up smoke detectors. The truck can also be used to go on school visits, where the children are able to sit down and inspect a variety of businesses.

You must also be responsive to any incidents. These incidents can continue for many hours, sometimes even 24 hours.

What do you think people will do if you share your story?

It is strange, but I hate telling others what I do. A little bit, I cringe.

People often react with a common response: “Oh wow!”People often react in shock and not necessarily because they are expecting it.

Once, when I pulled up to a roundabout with my truck’s window down due to heat in summer, it happened. The van driver next to me slowed down, and he shouted “Oh my god, I have never seen one!”

Sometimes I get some comments but most of them are positive or make me smile.

Are there any common misconceptions about the subject?

This is not just about saving trees for cats!

It’s common for people to assume that we respond to all kinds of incidents every day, or are just sitting down with a cup awaiting a call.

My time has not been spent just sitting around. The reality is not always as dramatic as it seems in movies. We spend our spare time doing safety and community work if we can.

It’s all about pushing [fire]Prevention is possible now. The work that we do for the community is probably 80% of what we spend on shift, although it’s often not seen.

How do you deal with the most challenging moments in your life?

Unfortunately, we do witness some very unpleasant scenes.

Even though it seems odd, you want an occasional incident in your day. Not because anyone is hurt but because that’s what the organization was created to do. My goal was to live in the moment, help others and put up smoke alarms.

However, it can become very difficult when you have family nearby who need your support during an event.

For every difficult moment there are also good moments.

After a stressful incident, we are always met within the hour by a “diffusing officer”. That incident: The truck [then]It is a ‘off the runs’.

Once the biscuits are out, we all go around and discuss what we see. This helps us put together our collective experience and organize it before we go to bed. It also reduces the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Because we go through so much together, it’s a strong bond. Five blokes are available to me in case I ever move.

Would you make any changes to your job?

Training is the only thing that I would say. [I’d like to have]You will be able to adapt more easily when you train at various venues.

It’s important to me because while we could do as many drills outside as we want, having different training conditions would prove beneficial.

However, what about in the work itself? Absolutly nothing. I consider the team my second family.

Our jobs are varied and satisfying. Our training is ongoing and we learn new things every day, such as blue light training, floating down River Dart, or abseiling from a building.

It’s not like I believe we should have more time off. We only get four days off per week.

Any unexpected quirks?

People getting trapped in something is often the source of some of the most bizarre stories.

Many children get stuck in baby swings and we are called to help. We might be called to help them get out.

There are a couple of stories that have come out about the existence of bath plug holes… I will leave it to your imagination.

The following interview has been reduced for clarity.

Source: BBC.com

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