George, Operational Firefighter Apprentice

Prior to becoming an operational firefighter, George worked in the financial support industry. He completed his 15-week training course in December 2020 and is now completing his apprenticeship whilst working as part of the team at Wallasey Community Fire Station.

I wanted a career that would give me endless learning opportunities and allow me to work alongside a team of people who all had the same goals of being the best they can be and helping people. MFRS in my opinion has the best reputation in the UK, and Merseyside is an area which covers a vast array of structures and land which leads to a wide variety of skills being required for the operational incidents - every day is different.

The recruit course was very challenging at times and full of things I'd never done before. It's designed to put pressure on you and equip you with the skills to perform in high risk situations. It prepares you really well for the job. 

The role is one which will require constant learning every day, so the apprenticeship puts everything into structure and helps ensure you do a variety of training as well as stay prepared for every type of operational incidents. Having OPAs (on programme assessments) keeps me curious in all of the topics and pushes me to learn even more, so I always have things to do.