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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For anyone thinking of joining the fire service, I would say yes you can. There is no reason why anybody couldn’t join the fire service. It is probably the best thing I have done.
"I’ve learnt a lot about team work, a lot about integrating myself into a community of people that maybe I wouldn’t have had exposure to before now. "
"If you really want to go for it, you can do it and make your dreams come true. I did and I’ve never regretted it – this is the best job I’ve ever had."