Clare Hesslewood

Clare Hesslewood


Station Commander

Favourite part of my job

Helping support members of the public, and supporting firefighters getting back to work and good health.

Hobbies and interests

I love sport including football, pool and hockey. I used to coach for Huddersfield Town’s community team and my hockey team won England Hockey Team of the Year last year.

Interesting Fact

Before joining the fire and rescue service, I was a manager at McDonalds.


“I joined the fire service in 2002 and worked up to becoming West Yorkshire’s first female station commander. I’ve always loved sport and it’s made me a good team player – this is vital in the fire service. I’m part of an inclusion action group, which means that every day I get to challenge the stereotype of what a firefighter is. We visit schools for career days, community groups and speak at events. Being a firefighter has given the confidence to be myself and the opportunity to gain a number of qualifications.”

Your Next Step

Being a firefighter involves making a commitment. The training and dedication
to the role is demanding, but the role provides real rewards.

Join our professional team and make a difference in the West Yorkshire community today. We’ll help you uncover strengths you didn’t even know you had and you’ll soon start noticing the benefits.

See the various stages of the recruitment and selection process here.



If you have any questions, there are a few ways you can contact us

Wholetime Recruitment is closed for the foreseeable future. Recruitment is likely to re-open in June/July 2020. More information to follow.