A former volunteer turned fire service safety officer has hailed the strength of South Yorkshire fire service’s volunteering scheme after landing a full time job.
In 2010, former driving instructor Nigel Sheppard became a volunteer on the Drive for Life scheme, which involved South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, South Yorkshire Police and other road safety partners.
Two years later he became a fire support volunteer, helping fire service safety teams at the Lifewise Centre in Rotherham, where safety courses are run.
In 2012 he applied for a job as a fire community safety officer and became a full-time member of staff.
He is now a technical fire safety inspecting officer, based at the fire service’s Training and Development Centre in Handsworth, Sheffield.
Nigel said; “Without volunteering I would never have developed the skills and confidence that secured me this role. Volunteering has changed my life and has benefited me in many ways and I would recommend it to anyone.”
Sue Butler, Volunteering Co-ordinator for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said; “Nigel is a shining example of how volunteering helps out the local community and the individual.”