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“We need more women firefighters”, say London Fire Brigade bosses as the Brigade launches a new recruitment campaign on International Women’s Day.
The new recruitment campaign is designed to challenge outdated firefighter stereotypes and show that a career in firefighting is so much more than blue lights and fires.
By highlighting different career options that firefighting offers and the day to day variety of the job, the we hope to boost applications from women and people across all of London’s diverse communities who may not have considered firefighting as a career.
All of the details about the role and how to apply are on the London Fire Brigade’s firefighter recruitment website. Potential applicants have until 19 April to apply.
London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said: “I am looking for the very best people who are interested in preventing fires as well as tackling them. The modern firefighter should be just as comfortable talking to an elderly man about fire safety as they are learning new specialist rescue techniques.
“There are also a number of different career paths you can take from running a fire station, learning how to investigate the causes of fires to helping ensure London’s buildings have proper fire prevention measures in place.
“I do not want the old stereotype of a firefighter to prevent women from applying. I also want to encourage applications from London’s different cultures and communities as London is a very diverse city, so our workforce must reflect the city that we serve. Firefighting is about teamwork, so having a complement of men and women is crucial.
“If you don’t fancy a desk job and you enjoy variety, meeting people and teamwork you could be ready to join the next generation of firefighters.”