If there’s a fire in the power plant, it doesn’t take long for the fire brigade to get there – because Frank Schulke and his colleagues are right on the spot. He explains here how he came to be a fireman in a power plant.
Frank Schulke (50) has been with STEAG since 1990. Having initially worked as a shift mechanic, he now takes care of safety as a member of the fire service.
What STEAG means for me is humanity and future, but above all safety. Safety is not just something that STEAG as an employer gives me, but also something that I can contribute to in a different way as a fireman.
Through my work at STEAG I have actually turned my hobby into a profession. My father and grandfather were firemen before me, so it’s fair to say that my job is in my blood. I joined the youth fire brigade at the age of 12 and went through the usual training program, before initially settling on an apprenticeship as an electrician in 1990. Following my apprenticeship I applied to STEAG and have been with the company ever since. After a few years on shift, I took over the company fire service in 1997.
But naturally, being a fireman doesn’t mean just working when a fire breaks out. I deal with a lot of matters relating to the general safety in the power plant, for example fire safety, respiratory protection, environmental protection and nature conservation, as well as occupational safety, vehicle management for the entire power plant and the handling of hazardous goods and portable measuring devices. I’m also right there if anyone needs first aid. With so many different tasks, no two days are the same, and that’s precisely what appeals to me so much about my work. Outside work, I mainly create a balance by spending as much time as possible out of doors with my dog.