A former football player is making the switch from football to fire fighting.

Giancarlo Carvalho is making his move from the youth academy of the city of Naples to the fire department, but his decision to move to the service is not the result of a simple shift in job.

“It’s a decision I’ve had to make for the sake of my health,” he told La Repubblica newspaper.

“I’ve been fighting fires since I was 15 and now I want to do the same for my friends.”

Carvalhos career in the fire service started in 2012 when he joined the fire brigade, after being transferred from the school of sport and physical education.

After being accepted to the academy of sport, he decided to train as a fire fighter.

“There are many things I have to consider,” he said.

“The best way is to have a strong social network.

I have many friends who are footballers, so I’m trying to keep that in mind.”

CarValhos most recent firefighting job was on November 21, 2016, when he stopped his car to help rescue a young boy.

“We were able to save a person who was in danger,” he explained.

“In the future, I would like to be a firefighting officer.”

He added that he is now looking to train to be able to help firefighters and the fire fighters in the city.

“Being a firefighter, it’s not just a job you do, it means everything,” he concluded.