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Firefighter Retires after 30 Years and Pursues an Acting Career!

06/05/2011

Pete Ramsay

Firefighter Pete Ramsay will be hanging up his firefighter’s helmet after 30 years service with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service on Tuesday May 10th but his retirement won’t involve holidays and relaxing!

Although Pete is 50 years old he doesn’t look a day over 30 and many members of staff thought the announcement of his retirement was a typo!"

Pete’s Manager, Alan Brown

Pete, aged 50, has just found out he has been accepted onto a prestigious acting course at the Birmingham School of Acting, part of Birmingham University, for which there have been over 700 applicants to the course and with just 14 spaces, Pete was delighted to receive the lucky email.

"I had been preparing for the auditions for the course for months and after the first audition was called back for a second. When I got the email on May 3rd I was gob smacked as auditions are still taking place, so to be to offered a place already is amazing.

"I realised my passion for acting after going to watch a friend in a theatre production some years ago now. I spent probably five years toying with the idea before signing up with an agency and more recently taking up an evening course in Birmingham, where I was encouraged by my tutors to apply for the MA course at the Birmingham School of Acting.

"I’ve been acting for a few years now including participating in the All England Festival and stepping in at the Fire Service when actors have been required! I’m currently doing a combat in acting course which is fun and very useful.

"Someone asked me if I’d ever thought about doing acting professionally, which got me thinking, so I decided that once I’d retired from my firefighter duties I would study for the relevant qualifications and focus on full-time acting.

"It’s a good time for me to do this as I don’t have to worry about financing my studies or trying to fit it in around another full-time job. Ideally I’d be looking to do theatre acting as I have a real passion for theatre although TV and film work would be brilliant, I’m certainly open to options!"

Pete’s Manager, Alan Brown added: "Although Pete is 50 years old he doesn’t look a day over 30 and many members of staff thought the announcement of his retirement was a typo!

"No one can believe he has already given 30 years service, joining the fire service when he was 20 years old. He will be greatly missed, especially by those colleagues he has worked most closely with however we wish him the best of luck and are positive he will be a huge success in the acting world."