Firefighter Joel Thomson takes career leap

New firefighting recruit Joel Thomson.
New firefighting recruit Joel Thomson.

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.