Three female firefighters crew Wholetime Fire Appliance at Llanelli Station

Monday, 15th May 2017, will be remembered as a notable date within Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s proud history. At 8:30am, on the Monday morning, and for the first time in the Service’s history, three female firefighters crewed a Wholetime Fire Appliance at Llanelli Fire Station.

This significant milestone, in MAWWFRS’s long standing commitment to enhancing the diversity of its operational workforce, saw Crew Manager Hannah Lodder, Firefighter Liz Morris and Firefighter Jess Smith reporting for duty to protect the community of Llanelli.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Service Gender Equality Champion, Rob Quin said “The Fire Service serves every person, within every community of mid and west Wales, therefore we want to reflect the diversity of our communities within our operational workforce.

The role of a Firefighter is a unique and rewarding one. It is demanding and requires you to show enthusiasm and commitment to make a positive impact to build relationships within our communities. Our female firefighters are an example to all women and proof that gender is not a barrier to becoming a Firefighter.”

Do you have what it takes to be a Firefighter? Would you like to find out more about the role? MAWWFRS is hosting awareness days for groups which are under-represented within its workforce. For more information, please contact Mrs Alison Thomas on 01267 226839.