14 August 2017
I’m Chloe, you might have seen me before on Declan’s blog or during my two week induction course, in all the photos that were featured on facebook. I have always had an interest in the fire service as my dad was a firefighter when I was young. I went on to study Public Services at college and that kept my interest alive!
Unfortunately I failed my first application process at the last hurdle. I received support by the means of training. My now Watch Manager Glenn, helped me out by holding extra sessions such as equipment carries, dummy drags, he and the rest of the Outwell crew really helped keep my determination up.
One other firefighter even set me a training programme up using the equipment off of the pump. I used the hoses as weights to strengthen my upper body, I would also run them out a lot to help my skills and cardiovascular abilities. I passed the application process second time round and ever since I’ve been hands on in all of the drill nights.
My two weeks basic training was honestly the most thrilling, tiring, fun and memorable time of my life. At times I felt like I wasn’t able to do it, I didn’t know how to do things that others did know about, but other times I realised I knew things the others didn’t. We all worked as a team, and supported each other. Thanks to that every single one of us passed. I did have to redo a ladder assessment, but again with the help and support of my crew I passed it! That was one of the proudest days of my life.
I really enjoy drill nights, it’s an opportunity to learn, improve and essentially get hands on with tools and equipment.