Rebecca Meachin is the Women in the Fire Service Local Representative for Nottinghamshire, and has been a Firefighter at Stapleford Fire Station for the past two years. We were thrilled when Bec took on the role as a local rep in January. It was after attending the WFS training and development event in 2019 that she was inspired to get more involved.
Our community group on Facebook is where where many of our network discuss and share all kinds of things peer-to-peer, including positive life changing moments. Bec shared her good news recently with the group, on the new role she’s taking up as a Wholetime Training Instructor at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service in mid-June.
Bec’s journey in the Fire Service began in Oct 2016 as a Firefighter with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Prior to that she worked in the music/educational sector as a trainer, project engineer, sound technician, and as a lecturer in sound design.
“I started my career in firefighting in 2016, so I know not a huge amount of time. My life before then was as a trainer, teaching all over the world. And I’ve taught as a senior lecturer in a few colleges and universities. I think I was born to train and support others, and now I get to do it for the best job in the world!”
On social media, Bec has been posting motivating video diaries. It’s here she documents some of her training regime, which includes lifting 70kg Ruth Lee dummies. Before the lockdown she was in training for the postponed Cheshire Firefighter Challenge. But that hasn’t stopped her from practicing.
On Twitter, there’s another video where she’s taking part in the NHS 1948 Challenge. With her 5 year old daughter energetically joining in with some of it too!
“I am very proud of myself and can’t wait to show Northants what I’m made of. Oh yeah, and I’m doing this as a single mum, with 5 year old twins and relocating!”
We wish Bec all the success in the world in her new role!
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