West Midlands Fire Service rapidly responded with its usual efficiency - not to an emergency, but to an email from a Solihull teenager with aspirations of becoming a firefighter.
Seventeen-year-old Lucy Lovatt, attends a voluntary course with APM, designed to improve maths and employability skills.
“The programme is helping me attain better grades, particularly in maths, so I have a greater chance of reaching my goal of joining the fire service,” said Lucy.
Thanks to her speculative email she is now undertaking a placement at Solihull Fire Station and thoroughly enjoying the experience, working alongside. Having learned so much from the Fire Service, Lucy has now been spurred on to the top of her class with APM.
“Lucy is shadowing the crews and helping to spread the fire safety message,” said Michael Bryan the station’s youth engagement officer. “The watches particularly admire the enthusiasm she brings to the role.”
The Fire Service seized the opportunity to engage with Lucy, offering her a five month placement working in different areas of the service one day a week.
It includes learning about fire risk reduction, helping with marketing and media relations, to learning how green watch fits smoke alarms for the public.
Lucy added: “If I had to give a piece of advice to teenagers in my situation it would be improve your skills, undertake some work experience and use your time to see if it’s an area you definitely want to be in.”
Pictured: Burning ambition - Michael Bryan (left) with Lucy Lovatt and Ian Hughes, of APM at Solihull Fire Station.