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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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Colouring Sheets for Children

14 May 2020 By Our great graphics team

To help keep children occupied during the Covid-19 pandemic we have produced a number of colouring sheets for them to downloaded and colour in.

Covid-19

Thoughts from our Telephone Befriending and Shielding service staff

14 May 2020 By Support Staff

Our staff explain what it means to them to be given the opportunity to be part of the Telephone Befriending service and also participating in the Shielding Calls.

Covid-19

A Day In The Life Of A Firefighter at Rakes Moss Wildfire

4 May 2020 By Colin Winterbottom

Speaking to Colin Winterbottom, Station Manager Incident Command & BA, who has been on the ground with the crews at the Rakes Moss, we get a clear understanding of how the days have been at this incident.

Wholetime

Employers who support DFRS On-Call

5 March 2020 By In2Frames

Hear how a family run framing business support On-Call Firefighter, Zac Morris. Zac, an On-Call Firefighter and employee at In2Frames in Staveley, is one example of an On-Call Firefighter, being wholly supported by his employer.

On-Call

Jolene O’Sullivan – On-Call Firefighter

3 March 2020 By Jolene O’Sullivan

Working part-time as a Next Sales Assistant, Jolene found time to do the job she’s always wanted to do

Role Models, On-Call

Bev Bridgwater - Being on-call in Bolsover

2 March 2020 By Bev Bridgewater

Bev tells us how she got into the Service and what it’s like to be an On-Call Firefighter

Role Models, On-Call

Trainee Wholetime Firefighter Jordan Spencer - Week 2 Prevention and Inclusion

25 February 2020

Getting more technical input and some practical, the second week of training involved manual handling; due to the nature of our job we need to lift correctly and store equipment correctly to prevent injury.

Wholetime Trainees

Trainee Wholetime Firefighter Jess Rintoul - Week 2 Prevention and Inclusion

24 February 2020 By Jess Rintoul

Our second week of training started with manual handling and general health and safety. We learnt about what’s on the appliance (appliances are also known as fire trucks or fire tenders) and the process of taking the inventory, routinely done every morning.

Wholetime Trainees

The freedom to be your authentic self

24 February 2020 By Rachel Salmon

I’m one of two Inclusion Officers for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service. I’ve worked for the Service for three years, and have been in Prevention & Inclusion for the duration. We re-started the LGBT+ & Allies Network in Spring 2018 and since then it has gone from strength to strength.

LGBT, Role Models, Equality Diversity and Inclusion

Paul Hudson - Giving something back to the community

21 February 2020 By Paul Hudson

After leaving college I gained employment in the Engineering industry, which I have been doing for over 25 years. Despite enjoying this role, in 2007 I decided I wanted to give something back to my local community.

On-Call, Role Models