The Barkshire Firefighter ... 2017
In July 2016, after contacting my local Fire Station within Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service I began my role as the Barkshire Firefighter. One thing led to another and with a little help from some friends I put together my first “The Barkshire Firefighter” Calendar 2017. I sold just over 200 and raised £2610 to supply the whole of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service with Pet Oxygen Masks from Smokey Paws.
I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of my friends, Julie my photographer from Julie Robertson Pet Photography, Ben from Thames Valley Printers, my Vet Dr Simon Ratcliffe from Kelperland Veterinary Centre , Claire from Claire's Comfy Canines, Chris from Alpha Boiler Expert, Jen Harrison Veterinary Acupuncture, Level 1 Animal Management Students from Berkshire College of Agriculture and of course the help from Maidenhead Fire Station and the support of the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. The photographs were taken at Maidenhead Fire Station and Greenham Common, Newbury. The fire themed bandanas were all made by PinkFluffyKitty Pet Boutique.
I has helped out with two videos put together by Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. One was a mannequin challenge to promote Retained Firefighter Recruitment and the other was a music video “Stop, Drop and Roll” I often pop along to the charity Car Wash days to lend a paw and support my friends in their fundraising efforts for The Firefighter’s Charity and other worthy causes.
I do my bestest to help spread the word on Fire Safety in and around the home and work place, reminding people to take care whilst cooking. My posts each Tuesday remind my friends to test their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms promoting “Test it Tuesday” Fire Safety initiative. I also helps spread the word about "Water Safety Wednesday" with my posts and keep an eye out for special awareness weeks like "Chimney Fire Safety Week" and "Boat Fire Safety Week." Those posts mean I go out to meet new friends working in their roles.
In May 2017 I was invited to see my friends at Maidenhead Station and was awarded Maidenhead Fire Station Gold Ambassador Certificate in recognition and admiration of the fantastic service I provided in supporting the people of Maidenhead and Royal Berkshire to lead safe and fulfilling lives. I was so surprised to receive my certificate which is now on my bedroom wall.
In September 2017 I had the singular honour of being invited to a really special celebration. I was asked to attend the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service Awards Ceremony. There were so many impawtant people being recognised for their achievements throughout the year. I felt very humbled being amongst so may brave, courageous people risking their lives on a daily basis. It was amazing. At the end of the celebration I was given a Certificate of Special Recognition signed by the Chief Fire Officer, Trevor Ferguson of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
I has taken part in my 3rd Maidenhead Boundary Walk, raising some pennies for The Firefighter’s Charity. I have visited Fire Stations all over the country when I have been on holiday and I have finally met some very special four legged friends who help the firefighters discover the cause of fires.
Since getting to know my friends even more I decided to put together another Calendar … Barkshire Firefighter in Training 2018.