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Taster sessions in January aimed at female applicants

Teacher? Communicator? Care provider? Community minded? Physically fit? We’re looking for you.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is taking positive action to encourage females to come and try out a new career.

We want our workforce to be as diverse as the communities we serve and to do this we particularly need to recruit more women, who are not only under-represented but who we know make great firefighters.

No two days are the same when you’re a firefighter. Our role has developed and so has our place in the community. Firefighting isn’t just about fighting fires. As well as the varied incidents you could attend, such as road traffic collisions and floods, you are just as likely to be carrying out a home safety visit, talking to the community about fire safety or working with our partners to support a campaign.

If you’re a female looking for a long-term career with flexibility, prospects for progression firefighting is an ideal career. Many of our current female firefighters have families and come from all backgrounds and a range of ages.

We’re holding two female-only taster sessions for women to come along to find out more about the role and try out some of the physical tests you’d need to perform during recruitment and training. Our firefighters and fitness advisors will all be on hand to offer advice and support.

This doesn’t mean we won’t be recruiting males when applications for wholetime firefighters open next year, but right now we want to raise awareness among groups that are less likely to step forward and see what’s involved in becoming a fire professional.

Our taster sessions will take place on Saturday 20 and 27 January at Witham Fire Station between 1pm - 3pm.

Females from Essex and the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest are all invited to attend.

Please email fire.professionals@essex-fire.gov.uk to book your place. Please ensure you wear sportswear on the day. 
 

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