A CARE home worker has become the third member of his family to join Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.
Richard Upshall, Guest Services Co-ordinator at Colten Care’s Newstone House in Sturminster Newton, has completed his initial training as a retained firefighter.
The 22-year-old follows in the footsteps of his father Carl, 54, who became a retained firefighter in 1986, and brother Simon, 29, a full-time firefighter based at Christchurch.
Richard, who joined Colten Care three years ago, said: “The fire service has been always been a part of my Iife thanks to dad’s involvement.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m really pleased my application was successful and that my initial training has been completed.
“My mum, Theresa, is very proud as is my dad. Since becoming a retained firefighter I’ve already been on 11 jobs including fires and road accidents so it’s been fairly busy.”
Residents at Newstone House enjoyed a behind the scenes look after Richard arranged for a fire engine to visit Newstone House.
Richard, together with his dad, Carl, demonstrated some of the onboard equipment including cutting machines and pumps.
“Colten Care has been very good in giving me a role with a degree of flexibility which allows me to respond, when possible, from the workplace without compromising my work as Guest Services Co-ordinator,” said Richard, a former student at Sturminster Newton High School and Reading University.
“My training as a retained firefighter will continue for another three years. It’s hard work and intense at times but very worthwhile. I really enjoy it.”