A taste of firefighting - for women

Two women in protective suits receive instruction from a firefighter whilst in standing in the cage of the Aerial Platform Ladder

Shropshire women get a taste of life as a firefighter with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service at a previous “taster” day

Women who want to find out about being firefighters are invited to a “taster day“ to see what it is all about at Oswestry Fire Station later this month.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is holding the event on Saturday, October 26, to encourage more women to become part time professional firefighters in the county.

Women firefighters will be on hand to talk to would-be recruits, who will be given a tour of the fire station and shown the equipment used at a wide variety of incidents.

“We want to encourage women to look at becoming part time professional firefighters. There have been women firefighters in fire stations in Shropshire and across the UK for many years now but it is a career that many women just don’t think about,” said Laura Kavanagh-Jones, of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“So we want as many women as possible to come along and see what it is all about and discuss recruitment and career information.”

80 per cent of Shropshire’s firefighters’ are “on call” which means when there’s an emergency they are “bleeped” to attend the fire station. This means they have to live or work within five minutes of their local fire station. They turn out for duty at any time during their agreed on-call rotas.

“We provide training, support, promotion opportunities, excellent pay and conditions of service and a strong commitment to equality. If you want a rewarding career that is a little bit different then firefighting could be the job for you,” added Laura.

There will be two sessions at the taster day starting at 9.30am and 12.30, with visitors invited to turn up at either event.

Firefighters are physically fit and highly trained. They attend weekly training sessions to keep their skills up to date and are called out to deal with fires, floods, road traffic crashes, animal rescues, building collapses, and any other major incidents.

For more information about what the job entails visit the careers pages.

19th October, 2013