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Station CommanderPhill sanders

Phill Sanders

What does a typical day in your role entail?

I start my day by reading through the operational report that details incidents from the previous 24 hours to see what jobs my fire crews have attended. After getting up to speed, I meet up with the watch (crew) and the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams that are on duty to discuss what is planned for the day and assist with mentoring the Watch Commanders.

My role involves working on a rota system which means I work a pattern of days, nights and weekends. On regular evenings throughout the month, I also attend drill nights at Tenbury and Droitwich fire stations.

From a nationwide perspective, I also sit on the national user group for USAR which provides national cover and resilience for any major transportation incidents or collapsed structures.

At any given time, I can also be called to attend incidents that could include anything from water rescues and road traffic collisions to fire and animal rescues. I also provide availability nationally as a USAR Tactical Advisor.

Why do you like working for HWFRS?

I am proud to work for the fire service and enjoy feeling I make a difference to people's lives. My favourite part of the job is responding to incidents as each one is different and I always have to be in problem solving mode. I also really enjoy all of the components of running a station, from the people to all the day-to-day activities that are involved.

How do you play a part in Saving More Lives?

As well as attending incidents, I think a key area where I contribute to the Saving More Lives vision is through the Young Firefighters Association (YFA). Within my role as a YFA leader I help to train, educate and mentor young people which helps to build on their skills and opens up opportunities for them in the future. Equipped with plenty of safety knowledge, they are also able to share their expertise with others and make their communities safer.

What are you hobbies and interests outside of work?

I love the outdoors and enjoy mountaineering, hill walking, mountain biking and climbing.