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Our firefighters have one of the most respected jobs within the community: responding to incidents, preventing them from happening and protecting the people and property within the Humberside area. They work alongside other services, whether they are part of local government provision – such as Social Services – or one of our blue light partners, the Police or Ambulance Service.

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Martin Cripsey - Firefighter

I became a firefighter in 1991. The job has changed a lot since I first joined. We now respond to a wide range of incidents, ranging from road traffic collisions to chemical incidents. My current station has specialist water rescue equipment. This, alongside our training, enables us to perform rescues in lakes, rivers and floods. We take part in a lot of preventative work, we visit vulnerable residents and businesses to educate them on keeping themselves safe and reducing the likelihood of an emergency occurring.

Each crew is a close-knit group. We can trust and rely on each other. We pretty much live together for most of the week, this creates a bond. When we get onto the incident ground everyone knows what the other is doing, it’s autonomous.

As a firefighter you have to be adaptable, when we begin our shift we don’t know what we are going to be faced with. When the station bells sound we have to be ready to react and respond.

Alongside being a firefighter, I am a youth instructor, delivering a BTEC level 2 Fire and Rescue Service in the community qualification. I, along with other instructors, utilise our day to day skills as firefighters to allow young people to gain a recognised qualification and develop skills that will benefit them in the future.