Hi, I’m Stephen Hughes and I’m “NOW a FIRE FIGHTER” with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services since December 2013. Over the past five years I’ve had many a disappointment trying to become a fire fighter because it’s so competitive. Until, I studied Certificate 2, Public Safety, Fire Fighting Operations with OTEN. I’m a family man with 6 children and working but, because of the flexibility OTEN gave me I was able to complete the course in 18 months approx. Many a time I’d get set up to study at the kitchen table only to have to pack everything up for family reasons. Because OTEN allowed me to study on my own terms and gave me plenty of time I was able to complete my course. The help I received from the fire fighting section at OTEN was excellent, they would always get back to me and nothing seemed a problem for them. I applied for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Fire and Rescue NSW and because of the course I completed with OTEN, I could prove I had the ability to complete the study to become a fire fighter. In the end I successfully gained entry into both fire services, giving me a choice. My family and I decided on Queensland. We are now all gaining from the benefits of my new career. Oh yes, I don’t study on kitchen table anymore, I now have a study where I can study anytime and don’t have to pack up. Thanks you OTEN, I now have a career in the job I love helping people in our community.
Stephen Hughes (Fire Fighter)
Hi, I’m Stephen Hughes and I’m “NOW a FIRE FIGHTER” with...: read more