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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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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.”

Wholetime

Meet Kieran, a wholetime recruit on course 108

3 December 2020 By Kieran Noonan

“When I have completed Phase 1 training I am most looking forward to carrying out Safe & Well checks, getting to know my local community more and providing the high risk community members with the support they need.”

Wholetime Trainees

Meet Katie, a trainee On-Call Firefighter at Ilkeston

2 December 2020 By Katie Barker

I am self employed as a mental health counsellor within my own business, which means I can work my admin hours around being on-call and adapt my diary to suit being On-Call from home.

On-Call Trainees

Meet Trainee On-Call Firefighter Oliver and find out about his journey so far.

27 November 2020 By Oliver Jarvis

Prior to joining the Fire Service I worked for a very large high street Bank as a Mortgage Advisor, for over 13 and a half years.

On-Call Trainees

Meet Chris, an On-Call Firefighter for Staveley

27 November 2020 By Chris Stewart

I’m looking forward to making a difference to people’s lives, I’ve always been a believer of putting others first

On-Call

Meet Richard, an On-Call Firefighter for Glossop

26 November 2020 By Richard Martin

I have been really impressed with how supportive the DFRS staff have been through the selection and training process.

On-Call

Meet Zoe, a new Firefighter on our latest Wholetime trainee course.

26 November 2020 By Zoe Mears

Zoe, a wholetime trainee on course 108, tells us about why she wanted to become a Firefighter and her journey so far.

Wholetime Trainees

Meet Caitlin, who in her spare time is an On-Call Firefighter.

20 November 2020 By Caitlin Haylett

On-Call trainee Caitlin tells us how she’s looking forward to working with her colleagues on station and getting out there to make a difference, big or small.

On-Call Trainees

Meet Natalia, who moved from our HR department to join our Business Safety Team

11 September 2020 By Natalia

Natalia, our Business Safety Advisor for Erewash, Derby City and South Derbyshire, talks about her experience of moving departments within the Service and her new role.

Role Models