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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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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

Meet Judi Beresford, our Director of Corporate Services

8 March 2021 By Judi Beresford

Equality Diversity and Inclusion, 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.”

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