London Fire Brigade

Meet Tami, one of our firefighters featured in the ITV Inside London Fire Brigade documentary

10 August 2017


Tami (Tamina) Macleod-Cary - Firefighter

Q: How long have you been a firefighter and what made you want to pursue a career in this profession?
A: I have been a firefighter for 10 years. It’s something I always wanted to do all through school – join the fire service or the police.
Q: Did you have any other jobs prior to joining the brigade and do you think these helped you become the firefighter you are today?
A: Before joining I worked with horses and did a bit of office stuff, which wasn’t for me. I didn’t get in the first time I applied when I was 18, which in hindsight was a good thing. I did some voluntary work in a children’s hospital and got a bit more life experience then joined when I was 21.
Q: What are the most enjoyable parts of being a firefighter?
A: Helping people. When you get one on one interaction with someone in a really desperate state or time of need and you can show them compassion and help that person
Q: How does your job impact on your family life?
A: In some respects it’s really good because we get four days off which enables me to spend that time with my son, but equally my husband is a firefighter at the Brigade so we don’t get to see much of each other.
Q: How did you find filming this series?
A: It was good fun. I thought it would be easy to forget about the cameras, and I like being centre of attention, but it was more difficult than I thought.
Q: Whilst most people would run from danger, you run towards it. Have you felt genuinely in fear of your life?
A: Running into the situation, adrenalin takes over but there been a couple of times when I have been in situations where I have thought this could go bad and I’m not coming out.