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STRENGTH IN
VULNERABILITY.

Giving back through my life-changing experiences.

My name is Ricky Nuttall.

 

I’m a firefighter, mental health advocate, motivational speaker, and content creator.

 

I’ve been a firefighter and technical rescue specialist for the London Fire Brigade for 16 years.

This website encapsulates my story; my journey through PTSD and road to recovery, and everything I have learnt and continue to learn along the way.

About me

About Me.

I was one of over 250 first-responders who were called to the fire at Grenfell Tower, on the 14th June 2017. The fire tragically claimed the lives of 72 residents and injured over 70 more.

 

I suffered from PTSD as a result of the life-changing decisions I had to make that night, as well as carrying the weight of previous traumatic incidents over a long career.

With a new perspective, I am now a mental health advocate and public voice, focusing on raising awareness on the importance of social and workplace mental health and well-being.

My Why.

I want to demonstrate to people that we can find strength in the places that I once couldn’t. That we can overcome obstacles in ways I once didn’t know existed. That through embracing and accepting our weaknesses we can understand ourselves better. To be brutally honest with yourself and allow people to see the real you. 

 

I call this; Strength in Vulnerability.

 

I believe this can contribute to a more positive and resilient society. Where people feel better about themselves. Where we don’t rely on fleeting moments of validation from strangers. Because all too often, a simple selection of seemingly harmless choices can lead to personal insecurities. This in turn can lead to a lack of self-confidence when validation doesn’t arrive.

 

I believe if I can heal and if I can drag myself out of the darkness of depression and PTSD, so can anyone.

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who am i?

WHO AM I?

FIREFIGHTER

“Firefighters leave incidents,
but the incidents don’t leave us.”

It’s really hard to explain to someone what an average day of a firefighter looks like because it doesn't really exist. You don't have an average day. It’s all about adaptability.

 

If you are a witness to or victim of a crime, you call the police. If you have a medical emergency you call an ambulance and sometimes the fire service as well. For absolutely everything else, it's the fire service.

 

We cover a huge scope of work from water and rope rescues, to national disasters. From children locked in bathrooms to domestic floodings and people locked in or out of their homes.

 

So my job is about turning up to somebody's worst day of their life and making it a bit better.