National Careers Week: Colleague development is at the heart of OFR’s culture

As we conclude our careers week celebrations here at OFR, today we meet our colleague, Sam Bryant. A talented fire engineer based out of our Edinburgh office, here Sam tells us more about how she first fell in love with engineering, what her day-to-day role entails and about the fabulous people she works with who ensure her spark remains ignited…  

From being a child, I’ve always been interested in making things – from Lego to crafting – and I’ve always wanted to work with buildings. I initially thought I wanted to be a structural engineer, but further down the line after college, I attended an open day at Edinburgh University where I toured the fire engineering labs and I was hooked! I knew back then as a bright-eyed A-level student, that I wanted to be a fire engineer. 

My day-to-day role as a fire engineer at OFR is hugely varied – from writing technical reports to attending project meetings and workshops with clients to advise on technical queries. I have also had the opportunity to undertake project management duties on smaller projects, which has been fantastic for my professional and personal growth. 

I am also part of the Mind Matters team, an aspect of my role which is hugely important to me. Having faced the personal challenge of working full-time with ongoing mental health struggles, I am passionate about the work that our Mind Matters team undertakes. The Mind Matters team is a group of colleagues that have had mental health first aid training to be able to support colleagues and we work to ensure that initiatives are available for everyone’s benefit, across the business. Within my own personal situation, I’ve found my colleagues and managers to be very supportive, offering flexibility to help me work to the best of my abilities, on bad days and good, which is something that really sets the OFR culture apart from other businesses. I also have a work-life balance that allows me to factor in big walks like that pictured above

Colleague development is at the heart of OFR’s culture; for me that’s –attending CPDs in person and online – giving me the autonomy to choose what direction I want to further my career. For example, I have been able to explore a fire safety topic that is of specific interest to me, presenting to my colleagues on Construction Site Fire Engineering and helping develop a framework for this area within the company. 

Looking ahead, I’m really excited about the increase in fire safety awareness during construction, with more contractors approaching fire engineers for assistance with introducing best practices for fire safety onsite and I can’t wait to get more involved as my experience expands.

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Sam Bryant

Graduate Fire Engineer

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