Case study - Sean
Sean joined Steyning Fire Station as a retained firefighter in 2014.
“My day job doing maintenance for a residential support service for young people is Monday to Friday, so I cover evenings and weekends as a retained firefighter.
I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t have an impact on my social life. But for me, there is no doubt it’s worth it. It does mean I have to be incredibly organised and pre-arrange everything, which doesn’t always come naturally, but I wouldn’t swap it for the world.
It was a fantastic feeling to have my whole family at my pass out parade. They got to see me doing my drills and officially join the fire service. It was obvious how proud they were of me.
One of my favourite parts of the job is getting involved in the community safety events. Recently we went to Wiston Steam Rally – it was great fun talking to families and letting the kids look around the fire engine. It’s good for people to get to know their local fire crew outside of an emergency situation.
Training to become a retained firefighter has certainly increased my self-belief. I have never been shy, but had this nagging self-doubt and fear of failing. It took me a while to build up the courage to apply to be a retained firefighter but once I did, there was no looking back. The process has taught me that if you put the time and hard work in, you can achieve anything you want.”