Lee Potts is an on-call firefighter at Wesham station. When he’s not attending incidents in his local area, he works as a chemical process operator.
How did you become an on-call firefighter?
I’ve been in the service for six months now, my primary job is a chemical process operator and I wanted to join the on call to do something for the local community. I haven’t lived in the area long and I never had chance to apply where I lived before. I have wanted to join the fire service for a long time, I’ve tried for wholetime and been unsuccessful and that’s another reason why I’ve gone down the on-call route. It’s the same process to get in but on call is more personal as you’re working in your local area.
How do you find working your day job as well as this?
I’ve been at my current job for 15 years so I know what to expect, but with this there are thousands of things you have to learn and anything can happen at any minute. The other night we got called out at 2am and one minute you’re half asleep – the next you’re putting water on a fire so you’re awake then!
Has your perception of the role changed since applying?
It has in terms of the skills you have to have to be a firefighter, I didn’t know the amount of things you have to learn and the information you’ve got to process and put into practice aside from the physical requirements.
Can you tell us about a memorable incident?
We went to a road traffic collision a few weeks ago which was quite memorable as it was a pretty nasty accident and there were lots of police and an air ambulance. You get exposed to all sorts of things you wouldn’t normally come across in your everyday life.
Have you got any advice for someone looking to apply?
I’d say if you’ve got the time, absolutely give it a go.
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