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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighting in The Family

Julie Bowcock and Kenny Bratt
Keeping fire in the family are Julie Bowcock and her son, Kenny Bratt

A mother and son from Leek have been firefighter training - together!

Julie Bowcock, 45 and her 19 year old son, Kenny Bratt, have been taking part in breathing apparatus training at the Service Headquarters.

"I do two days a month training to maintain my skills and it just so happens that on this occasion I was training with my son!"

Kenny has recently been recruited as a firefighter at Leek Fire Station and he is currently completing his training.

His mum, Julie was previously a retained firefighter at Leek Fire Station but currently works in Fire Control at Pirehill, Stone.

Julie Bowcock said: "I currently work in Fire Control but I keep up my operational training as it is something I hope to return to in the future.

"Generally I do two days a month training to maintain my skills and it just so happens that on this occasion I was training with my son!"

Kenny Bratt said: "Both my mum and stepdad have worked as firefighters and so I’ve been used to them being on call and going out to incidents.

"It really interested me and so when the vacancies for retained firefighters came up I applied and was successful. I’m thoroughly enjoying the training and I’m looking forward to putting the training into action."

Leek Fire Station still have vacancies available for retained firefighters. Potential applicants must live or work within five minutes of the station.

As well as responding to emergencies, retained firefighters also get involved in Community Fire Safety initiatives in their local area including home fire risk checks and school visits.

After their initial training course, firefighters attend weekly drill nights to ensure they maintain their skills, in addition to which there are many more opportunities for training throughout the year.