Prior to becoming an operational firefighter, Breno worked in customer services for an airline. He passed out as an operational firefighter in December 2020 and is now completing his Level 3 apprenticeship whilst stationed at Wallasey Community Fire Station.
I wanted a challenging career where I would be able to help people within the community. I was looking for something that I would be proud of and happy to be doing. After looking at the role of a firefighter and attending a Have A Go Day with MFRS, I could see that it was definitely what I wanted.
When I started researching about the role of a firefighter and how to become one, I realised the positive impact MFRS has on the community I am part of - that is the main reason I joined.
The best thing about being a firefighter is that our days are never the same and we never know what jobs we may end up doing. All the training and continuous learning is also something I like as we are always investing in making ourselves better.
The training course was very challenging but a great experience. I feel I have not only acquired the new skills required to be a firefighter, but also learnt a lot about myself.
The way the apprenticeship is divided into stages makes it easier to monitor my own development and make sure I reach the requested standard on time. Also, management and colleagues are aware of the standards expected from us and are always keen to help with our development.