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Sophie Banham

On-call Firefighter, Ivybridge

Sophie is a Marine Biologist and has been an on-call firefighter since October 2013, initially for Kingston (Volunteers) then transferring to Ivybridge.

"Becoming a volunteer fire fighter within a small village allowed me to help support a very close-knit community of friends and family. When I moved to Ivybridge, a small town, I didn’t know many people, but my new team at the fire station were very welcoming. 

The fire service becomes almost another family, where you’re always meeting and working alongside a wide variety of people.

Marine Biology was a difficult career to pursue, but having the on-going skill development the fire service offers gave me the motivation and support to keep going.

 

As a firefighter I enjoy the extensive range of skills you learn, that is useful not only in my other job, but in everyday life. It has also provided me with more self-confidence and the ability to make safe and quick decisions.

The anticipation of what call you’re going to get next is like no other and I love having the ability to help people that need it."

 

 

Grant Lewis

On-call Firefighter, Bridgwater

"It’s fair to say that being a retained firefighter for over 32 years, tells you that there is something very special about the job. Having the opportunity to serve the community I live in is very special, and the challenging incidents the modern fire service are called to today, ensures no two jobs are the same. I receive great support from regular training sessions, and working as a team has most definitely helped shape me into the “confident” and  “can do” person I am today.  We offer pension schemes which attract an employer’s contribution. Information is provided upon your starting with the Service about the levels of contribution and the benefits that this attracts."

 

 

Debbie Pease

On-call Firefighter, Hatherleigh

Debbie is a part time Hairdresser and an on-call firefighter for Hatherleigh since 2003

!I was approached by my neighbour who was a firefighter who asked if I would be interested in joining and although it wasn’t something I had ever considered I wanted to find out more and 14 years later I am still here and enjoying being part of the Fire Service Team.

I had my doubts as to whether I could provide the commitments as far as work life balance goes as 84 hours cover a week sounds a lot but have found that it just fits in around your everyday life wearing a pager just feels normal and family and friends have got used to me rushing off when the pager goes off."

 

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