Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service looking to raise number of female firefighters
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a drive to recruit more female firefighters.
A crew of women firefighters took to the road on Saturday as part of a Positive Action Day to increase the number of women in the emergency service.
On Saturday the crew took a fire engine out into the community, stopping off in Bedford, Kempston, Shefford, Sandy, Potton and Biggleswade to talk to people about their job.
It was the first time an all-female crew had been sent out to encourage women to take on roles.
Station Commander Alan Gayter said: “Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are recruiting both male and female applicants for these stations, applicants are required for the on call duty system.
“On call firefighters respond to emergencies calls from their place of work or home location, they are assigned a pager that will alert them to an emergency within their designated local area
“This is the first time an all-female crew have been deployed to promote recruitment of this nature; however Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue are recruiting committed individuals from all areas of the community.”
A spokeswoman for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fire service is aware that there are few female firefighters in the service and wants to increase the number of both full-time and on-call women on its operational side.
“Being an on-call Firefighter offers women flexible employment that can be arranged around their own schedule as well as providing an exciting way to help their local community.”
To become an on call firefighter, applicants will need to live and work within a five minute drive of their local station.
To be a full-time firefighter you should live in Bedfordshire, or within 10 miles of its border, be fit, over 18, have four GCSEs, be able to swim and have a full driving licence (with no pending issues).