Thomas, Operational Firefighter Apprentice

Prior to becoming an operational firefighter, Thomas was a youth worker. He passed out as an operational firefighter in December 2020 having completed the 15-week training course. He is now completing his Level 3 Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship as part of Blue Watch at Speke & Garston Community Fire Station.

I wanted to become a firefighter to help people in their time of need and to make a positive impact to the community. As Merseyside is my local area/community, I want to make it the best it can be and believe MFRS is capable of making a great impact. I enjoy being a vital part of the community and being part of a team again. 

The 15-week training course was tough in different ways, physically and mentally but due to how intense it was - I was working at a rate I didn't know I was capable of. My favourite thing about the course was meeting my fellow recruits who are now friends for life.

The apprenticeship side aids my development, particularly through the reflection parts as it allows me to see what I have done well and where I could improve too. This helps my development along with the consistent feedback I'm receiving from my Watch Manager.

I've really enjoyed meeting new people and being part of a team that gives you constant support. This enables me to be put forward into real life scenarios feeling comfortable as I'm backed by the experience of my peers and training.