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Last updated: 09/07/2018, 6:17 PM

Record numbers of women apply to be firefighters

16/04/2018 10:10
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Record numbers of women have applied to become firefighters with over 700 female applicants and only one more week to go before the recruitment round closes.

However, London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton wants to boost numbers even further to increase the diversity of the workforce.

Commissioner Cotton said: "We have a real chance to change the Brigade to ensure we better reflect the city we serve. Modern firefighting is much more than just putting out fires, blue lights and sirens.

"I really want all members of London’s varied communities to seriously consider firefighting as a career option.

Firefighter. It means so much more.


"No two days are the same as a firefighter. From community work to specialist rescue skills, we offer a varied and flexible career path for someone who doesn’t want a desk-based job.”

The campaign is hoping to appoint around 200 new firefighters.

Interested applicants can find out more about the physical requirements on the Brigade’s website.

For details about the role and how to apply visit London Fire Brigade’s firefighting careers website. The deadline to apply is 19 April.

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Recruitment closes 19 April 2018. Could you be a fire preventer, a fire educator, future protector?

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Firefighter career facts

• There are over 300 female firefighters in London
• London’s firefighters working pattern is two day shifts, then two night shifts followed by four days off.
• The starting salary for a trainee firefighter is £26,211 rising to £34,900 when fully qualified.
• Trainee firefighters undergo an intensive training programme to prepare them for their role and continue to develop their skills throughout their career.
According to Fire Facts, there has been a continuing fall in the number of fires since 2003.
• The job isn’t just about fighting fires, there is a strong emphasis on prevention. The Brigade visit around 83,000 homes of London's most vulnerable carrying out home fire safety visits.

The basic requirements are:

• Be a UK/EU citizen, without work restrictions or be a permanent resident in UK
• Pass certain rigorous physical and job related tests
• Pass medical and eye examinations.
• Be at least 17.5 years old as of the closing date of the advert

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