Fire­fighter takes ca­reer leap

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

JOEL Thom­son said he knew it was time to give his dream of be­com­ing a fire­fighter a real crack when he re­alised there would never be a per­fect time to do it.

The Hamil­ton Hill res­i­dent had pre­vi­ously worked as an elec­tri­cian, gained a Bach­e­lor of Eco­nom­ics and spent 18 months at Ernst & Young.

But he was never com­pletely sat­is­fied in those roles, so he turned his at­ten­tion to a dif­fer­ent field. “I’d been want­ing to be­come a fire fighter for a while but I kept putting it off,” he said. “Life got in the way.

“I re­alised there was never go­ing to be a per­fect time to do it so I took a shot.”

The 29-year-old, who grad­u­ated on July 1, will be sta­tioned with the Suc­cess Fire Sta­tion crew at the Cock­burn Vol­un­teer Emer­gency Ser­vices Com­plex on Po­letti Road.

He said he was drawn to the job be­cause of its com­mu­nity en­gage­ment com­po­nent, the chance to ven­ture out­doors and the op­por­tu­nity to work with like-minded peo­ple.

He was also ex­cited to work so close to where he lives.

“I’m keen to get my hands dirty as soon as pos­si­ble with ex­tra train­ing,” he said.

“But I know I need to be pa­tient be­cause some of the team have been there for 10 to 15 years.

New fire­fight­ing re­cruit Joel Thom­son.

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