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Onwards and upwards – but it’s not all helmets, hoses and heroism

By Steve Imrie, Area Manager, Duty Group Commander and Head of the Internal Improvement Team

Everyone always says that no two days are the same in the fire and rescue service – and that’s certainly true! 

Never quite knowing what will come next is definitely a big attraction of the job but the variety doesn’t just come on the operational side of things.

It’s no secret that we’ve had some real corporate challenges in the last 18 months but the way which we’ve responded to them as a team really characterises what we’re all about. 

For me the variety of the job, our team approach and the need to improve the way we do things all came together when I was asked to head up our new Internal Improvement Team. 

It’s been a really steep learning curve as we’ve got to grips with so many different aspects of Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) and figured out what needs to be done.

But at the same time I’ve got to work with so many different people and on projects which have stretched us all both professionally and personally.

We’ve celebrated success and overcome challenges along the way, but the most important thing is that we’ve faced it all together as a team. 

Whether it’s on station, out on the operational incident ground or here at Headquarters the common thing which brings us together is teamwork. 

Everyone giving their best, all of the time; we depend on it to get things done and to keep us all safe and well.

Not everything will always be perfect and we’re working on some really significant projects to improve our culture, the ways in which we can support mental health and wellbeing, stepping up to the challenges of a new inspection regime and making sure we’re working as best we can alongside the police, ambulance service and other partners within our communities.

This means lots of exciting opportunities, always learning and the chance to make a real difference.

The ability to influence the way we shape our future together with my operational role managing some of our larger and more complex incidents – both alongside different teams with their knowledge, professionalism and experience – is a fantastic privilege. 

If you’re interested in being part of a strong team, are looking for variety when every day will be different and your contribution counts, then Avon Fire is the place for you.

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