On a working day I usually get up around 7am. After a quick splash of water on my face to wake myself up I throw some clothes on and take the dog out for an early morning walk, usually to Westminster Park or Duke’s Drive. I get back around 7:45am then jump straight in the shower, have a shave, get changed then out the door to work around 8:15am all being well. I do tend to skip breakfast which is bad but I’m not much of a food person in a morning.
I arrive at Runcorn Fire Station around 8:45am, meet the off-going watch and get any information from the night watch which can include incidents they have attended throughout the night or information about our staffing levels for the day.
9am prompt is parade and we detail out our riding positions of the fire engine for the day. As a crew manager I could be in charge of the fire engine, drive, or go in the back as a BA (breathing apparatus) wearer.
Shortly after parade I will go and check the fire engine, do my daily check on my BA set and other checks as required, followed up by my first cup of tea of the day at10am and we are ready to go.
My day can vary a lot – one day I will be out on the drill yard training till 11am, other days I can be out doing a fire inspection or I could be out at a fire or one of many other emergencies that we are called out to.
If we are not at an emergency then at 11am we have what we call tea and toast my first meal of the day.
From 11.30am till 1pm I could be out engaging with the community. These activities range from fitting smoke alarms and giving fire safety advice to attending schools to pass on key fire safety messages to children and show them around the fire engine.
Lunch is from 1-2pm. I usually have something pretty simple like soup as this can be easily reheated should I get disturbed, as once those alarms sound we have to be on the road to the incident in 60 seconds.
After lunch we are back out in the community again at events like fetes or we go to commercial and Industrial premises and carry out site inspections to keep our knowledge of our local risks up to date.
Back at station for 4pm I have a break which consists of a cup of tea and occasionally cakes if someone has decided to buy them. I then ensure all the work has been completed and that all the end of day tasks have been done.
I will either go in the gym or carry out any other jobs that need completing before the night watch come back in at 6pm.
I usually arrive home at 6.30pm.
A big passion of mine is cooking and I enjoy making good home cooked meals. Following my tea, Melissa and I will go out with our dog, a cocker spaniel named Lucy, who needs lots of exercise.
We get back and then settle down for the evening watching the soaps or a few other TV Programmes. Then it’s usually up to bed for midnight.
Dress: Yes, duty rig all blue then fire kit for incidents which is gold.
What is the favourite part of your job? I enjoy the camaraderie on the watch and the unexpected – no two days are the same.
What is the least favourite part of your job? Currently we are going through a tough time politically and at times it can be difficult to enjoy the job you love due to the current national dispute the fire service has with the Government.
What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now? My current profession is something I am very proud to do, but if I was to do something else then I would enjoy working in the sports industry, perhaps elite sports coaching or a sports scientist.
How do you relax when not working? Football and golf, mountain biking and going out on walks with the dog.
What is your favourite film? Zero Dark Thirty
What is your favourite song? Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? A difficult one, but I would like to say Adam Sandler as I have always really enjoyed watching his films.
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet? No
●Name: Andrew Clarke
●Lives now: Chester
●Education: College, Sport & Exercise Science
●Family: Married to Melissa Clarke
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