My name is Joseph Hall, I’ve been a firefighter for a year. Before becoming a firefighter my life revolved around dance which gave me so many amazing opportunities to grow and mentor others in my community.
I’ve always been a person that goes above and beyond to help others reach their potential and strive for greatness. In 2005 I won the BBC TV show ‘Strictly Dance Fever’ and from this I made it my duty to give back to the community that I grew up in. Instead of taking myself on a fancy holiday and buying expensive things, I used my winnings to open up my very own community based business, ‘Quantum Matrix Academy of Excellence’. Also known as ‘QMX’. This business was one of my biggest achievements as it gave me the tool to enrich people’s lives through projects that inspired, educated and entertained.
Working with kids from the community of various ages filled me with immense pride, it gave me the opportunity to give back to people that shared my passion for Dance and the desire to express themselves.
Becoming a firefighter wasn’t something I thought I would end up doing, but after the passing of my friend I began to re-evaluate life and future prospects. It was at this point in passing, I came across a poster in Nottingham City Centre advertising the role of a firefighter. I rang the number to gain more information and it was then, that I saw a different version of my life, a version that gave me more structure and focus towards a specific goal.
There’s so many different aspects to being a firefighter that led me on this path, but the key element that drew me in was the importance of saving lives and helping my community. I’ve always been a person that strives for greatness in anything that I do and I aim to climb the ranks as I mature in this field to fulfil a greater purpose. I feel privileged every day to wear this uniform. It fills me with a lot pride but also carries a huge amount of responsibility, as you become a positive role model to so many within our community. The public holds the Fire Service in the highest regard and it’s something I am extremely proud to be a part of.
Anyone that is looking for a career that is more about self-fulfilment than just about making money then consider a career in the Fire Service. I encourage anyone with the right drive, values, attitude and ambition to try and join.