Ladies, give firefighting a go this New Year

Women can have a go at firefighting activities as part of a myth busting event to demonstrate what it takes to be a modern firefighter.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is running the Have A Go events on Friday, January 29, and Saturday, January 30, to encourage under-represented groups, including women, to consider firefighting as a career.

Both days will take place in Huntingdon and will be split into two sessions - 9am until noon or 1pm until 4pm. The morning session on Friday and afternoon session on Saturday will be for women only.

People from under-represented groups can try out some of the activities that will need to be completed to become a firefighter, meet those who do the job and look at some of the equipment used in the role.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Rick Hylton said: "We ran a Have A Go event last year and it was a storming success. There are still many myths around the role and what it takes to be a firefighter such as being a certain height, it being a job for the boys, needing big brawny muscles etc. But the truth is, many of these just aren't true and our recent cohort of wholetime firefighters - 25 per cent of who are women - prove this. The fire service has been through significant modernisation over the years and the role has changed considerably, as have the people that do the job now.

"Being a firefighter isn't just about putting out fires and attending other emergencies, in fact that's only a small part of what firefighters do. Much more of the time is now spent out in the local community, in schools, visiting people at home, and giving fire safety talks to groups. Women are still under-represented in our workforce and so are people from black and ethnic minority communities. We want to change this as being out in the community every day, we want a workforce that represents our community."

You must book in advance before January 13 to attend the event. Call 01480 444531 to book your place or email recruitment@cambsfire.gov.uk.

Recruiting for wholetime firefighters starts on February 6.