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AFTER completing a Prince’s Trust course with GMFRS Thomas Fox became a trainee firefighter and he has carried out this role since January 2016.
Thomas applied for the youth programme, for people aged 16 to 25, and says he enjoyed the 12-week course, which he feels gave him plenty of experience and the confidence to apply for a firefighter position.
He said: “While in the job centre in Stockport I was made aware of the Prince’s Trust programme with GMFRS and signed up to the course run at Whitehill Community Fire Station. I grasped the opportunity as I thought it could be now or never, and I haven’t looked back since.
“I found the course really enjoyable and I used a lot of scenarios in my interview for my firefighter role. I mixed with a lot of people on the Prince’s Trust course and learned a lot about myself.
“GMFRS’ latest firefighter recruitment drive was aimed at existing staff members, volunteers and those who have a close link with the Service such as through the youth schemes on offer. This meant that I had the chance to apply for a position in 2015 and I felt confident enough to do this thanks to the Prince’s Trust programme.”
Above photo shows Firefighter Thomas Fox at an incident, looking after the breathing apparatus board
Talking about GMFRS’ firefighter recruitment course Thomas shares with us how he found the intense 16-weeks.
He said: “I found the recruits firefighter training course tough, both physically and mentally, at times I wondered if I was cut out for the role.
“The comradery the intense course builds between the recruits is unbelievable and each and every one of us would go above and beyond for each other and it is this that got us through.
“The passing out parade in January 2016 was really special. All the blood sweat and tears of the previous 16-weeks were forgotten and we got to show our families a glimpse of what we had learned. It proved that the challenging months were worth it and I could not be prouder of my achievement.”
To find out more about GMFRS’ Prince’s Trust programme visit: http://manchesterfire.gov.uk/community/youth-engagement/the-princes-trust/
Those interested in roles at GMFRS and upcoming events where they can learn more about the opportunities available, are asked to register their details here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LVRGZVB