Fire service launches bid to attract more women

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service is organising a positive action day to attract more female recruits.


As well as offering advice on health, fitness and basic training, the service’s equality co-ordinator will outline the benefits of working for the force and potential recruits will be able to discuss firefighting with a female service manager.


Susan Johnson, chief executive at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, one of the first female heads of a UK fire service, said: “The fire and rescue service plays a vital role in providing community safety guidance and accident prevention information to our local communities, as well as attending operational incidents.


“To do this successfully, we need a diverse range of individuals with a variety of skills and strengths who will rise to meet the challenges of delivering a fire and rescue service in the future.”

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