Paul Kirk

I’m a Watch Manager and have worked at Avon Fire & Rescue Service since 2000. The reason I joined is because I wanted the excitement and the challenge and I thought the fire service would be a perfect opportunity for me to challenge myself.


I really enjoy the fact that it’s really unpredictable and no two days are the same. You could potentially have one day where you’re doing a community fire safety event and the next you could be attending a chemical incident or a house fire, and I think that is a very interesting aspect of the job.


It was very important for me to start a career where I had the opportunity to progress and in the fire service you can progress up the ranks if you choose to and if you don’t you can stay as a firefighter and take on specialist responsibilities or additional roles.


I would say to anyone who was thinking about joining the fire service that it’s a very interesting career, no two days are the same, it’s very unpredictable and it’s quite an exciting job to have.


Being a firefighter is like joining a very specialist team and it’s an incredible career to have. When you are on a shift you do become very close to each other and very bonded and that goes outside the job as well and you really do feel like you are part of a family.

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I’m Helen Rogers and I’m on Red Watch at Weston-super-Mare. I started back in May last year, that is when I started my training, and before that, I was self-employed as a clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist for the last ten years.
Joining the fire service is something I always wanted to do so I always kept tabs on the recruitment updates. They were recruiting whilst I was abroad. I applied for it, came back, and luckily enough I got it. 
Joining Avon Fire & Rescue Service has fulfilled one of my life long ambitions and I can’t wait to get on to station and begin progressing my career.