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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."



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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