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A collection of stories from across the service.

Here you can read about all aspects of the service from a personal point of view from both our operational and non-operational staff.

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Station Manager Mick Wyldbore-Wood reflects on his experience of Ramadan

11 May 2023 By Mick Wyldbore-Wood

Inclusion Station Manager Mick Wyldbore-Wood reflects on his own experience of Ramadan after joining Derbyshire’s Muslim community to observe the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

CSO job reviews

31 October 2022

Read how it feels and what it means to join DFRS and become one of our dedicated CSOs (Community Safety Officers)

Safety Advice, Role Models

Fund Raising for the Fire Fighters Charity

30 June 2022

The Charity supports all fire and rescue service personnel, whatever their role in the service. Together you helped us raise £46,895 for the charity in 2021

Fund Raising

Working for the Service and being a parent can work really well together, Area Manager Clive Stanbrook shares his story

18 June 2021 By Clive Stanbrook

“When I returned to work the support and understanding of everyone at work was really great, just what a new father needed at the time.”

Role Models

Meet wholetime Firefighter Ant as he tells us about how he balances work and spending time with his family

18 June 2021 By Anthony Booth

“I get four days off meaning I can actually spend a lot more time with my children.”

Role Models

Meet Neil, Firefighter at Alfreton Fire Station and dad of two

18 June 2021 By Neil Slack

“I think any parent always worries about their children, even when they are full grown adults.”

Role Models

Meet Wholetime Firefighter Debs as she tells us how she balances her work with being a mum

12 March 2021 By Debs Dixon

“All in all, it works great as I get lots of time off with the kids”

Role Models

Having a baby doesn’t have to stop you being a Firefighter, Jo shares her journey

11 March 2021 By Jo Hoare

“I found returning to work after maternity nerve wrecking, but had great support from the Service.”

Role Models

Does your smoke alarm need replacing?

28 January 2021 By Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service

We all know we should test our smoke alarms regularly (once a week) to keep us and our loved ones safe from fire at home; but do you know how often you should replace your alarms and batteries? They don’t last forever, so here’s some tips and to help you know when it’s time for a change.

Safety Advice

Meet Bev. From On-Call to Wholetime, read about Bev’s experience and journey to date

18 December 2020 By Bev Bridgewater

“I love the variety that comes with the role of a firefighter and especially engaging with the community.”