Lorna Dodd – Firefighter & Triathlete

I am a firefighter; I’ve worked for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service since 2016. I consider my crew as my second family, going to work is like going to a second home. In school I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I simply chose subjects that I enjoyed doing and thought I liked the idea of being a lorry driver.

I came away from education with a sports science degree, and a bundle of different life experiences. My first part time job was at a local independent cinema as a general assistant and I worked my way up to shift manager and projectionist.

My learning didn’t finish at university; in my second role as a sports hall assistant, I gained a level two cycle coaching qualification.

Juggling my third part time job as a Bikeability instructor, I worked alongside firefighters which sparked my interest to give their recruitment process a go.
My first written application was unsuccessful and my upper body strength wasn’t enough. It wasn’t an easy road, but worth every struggle. With hard work and dedication, I started as an on-call firefighter at Mytholmroyd, I now work as a full-time firefighter based in Halifax.

In my free time I enjoy cycling, running and more recently open water swimming. I started cycling about the same time I learned to walk and have been competitively running from the age of 15 years old. My passion for swimming started during covid. In July 2022, at only my second triathlon, I qualified to represent Great Britain in my age category at the 2023 Triathlon World Championships.

Sectors worked in and routes taken:





    What I would like to get involved in

    Inspirational talk

    Mentoring / Coaching young people

    Visits to my place of work

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