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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.

You can can narrow down your search by selecting a topic from the list below.

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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

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

Danielle Heathcote - Working Mum and On-Call Firefighter

16 January 2020 By Danielle Heathcote

It never feels like a job as it’s so rewarding. It fits perfectly around my family life and I have a boy who is proud of his mama and I hope that it will encourage him to follow his dreams.

On-Call, 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

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

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

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 Sarah, our Business Safety Advisor for Buxton, Derbyshire Dales and High Peak

11 September 2020 By Sarah

Sarah joined Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) in August, during a time of significant change due to Coronavirus. Now a month into the role, we catch up to talk all things Business Safety and joining DFRS.

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 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