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    Firefighter Profiles

    Inside the firefighter's life


    Get a better insight into the Fire Service with our real life firefighter profiles.

    Wayne Puffett has been a retained firefighter at Tamworth Fire Station for six years now. “I provide mainly daytime cover while I am at my full time job as a CNC Programmer at engineering company, Percy Lane Products. I’ve got very supportive employers who allow me and another colleague to attend emergency incidents when necessary. So basically as soon as our pagers go off, we have to respond and get to the station within minutes.

    Wayne added: "I really enjoy my role as a retained firefighter because the work varies so much. I never know what I’m going to. It could be a serious road traffic collision or it could be a farm animal stuck in a stream! I would recommend it to anyone, the camaraderie between the team is great and the job itself is very rewarding."

    "I would recommend it to anyone, the camaraderie between the team is great and the job itself is very rewarding."

    Wayne Puffett, Retained Firefighter

    Sharron Finch has been a retained firefighter at Lichfield Fire Station for seven years.

    "The main reason I joined was because I was after a challenging, exciting job. Many retained firefighters provide emergency cover and attend incidents, however I also do a lot of community safety work."

    Sharon continues: "I have two children aged nine and 11, so I provide my cover weekdays,  9am – 5pm while they are at school. The majority of that time I am at the station or in the community. However if I do happen to be at home I have to respond immediately when my pager alerts."

    When asked about her job Sharron said:, "I absolutely love my job. Going to incidents gives you a real adrenalin rush, but there is also the community fire safety side, which I really enjoy because I get to meet new people. It’s a very rewarding job and I would recommend it to anyone."