At just 19, Kian Kelly is the baby of the on call family at Lytham station and followed in his older brother’s footsteps to become an on-call firefighter.
Why did you apply to be an on-call firefighter?
My brother was on call at Lytham for three years, so I heard about it through him. My day job is in digital marketing, so I’ll be called out and then have to explain where I’ve been to the office when I get back. People are always very interested as they don’t really know what it involves, I didn’t myself before my brother was on call. I’ve been an on-call firefighter since the middle of March and I’m really enjoying it so far. I’d get too bored if I was in the same place all the time!
Have you attended any incidents yet?
I attended my first building fire a few days ago, but my favourite was probably my first call out just because it’s exciting the first time your bleeper goes off. The best part of the job is not knowing what’s next.
Is it different from what you expected before you applied?
A lot different, I didn’t really pay much attention to what my brother was telling me when he was doing it, but it’s a lot better than I expected. I like to be kept on my toes!
Have you got any advice for someone looking to apply?
There is a lot of theory involved, so you have to be prepared for that side of things. If you just want to do the physical side and don’t want to analyse what you do and try to better yourself, it’s probably not for you. You are constantly learning on the job and your development is your responsibility, so if you’re willing to constantly learn and improve it will suit you.
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