February 1, 2012 11.14 am This story is over 122 months old

Female firefighters wanted in Lincolnshire

Female firefighters: Women are wanted to help protect the community from fires and other hazards in the county.

More female firefighters are wanted in frontline roles within the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue team.

The 999 service will hold a recruitment event at the South Park headquarters in Lincoln on Saturday, February 4, to encourage more women to join.

Fire and Rescue are looking for any women over 18 and in good health to sign up, by letting them undertake the real physical tests required in the recruitment pod.

One female firefighter, Justyna Kawka, may only be five foot tall, but says motivation is the key and the job isn’t just a male-only profession.

“To any woman who is thinking about becoming a firefighter, I would say ‘go for it’. It’s just not true that it’s a men-only career – I’m proof of that.

“I love the job. It’s challenging, rewarding and exciting. I would recommend it to anyone.

“I’m a great believer that having both men and women in teams really improves the service we offer.

“All of us have unique talents and abilities, so the only way to make the most of them is by having a good mix of people.”

Karl Foxall of the service’s recruitment team said: “Even if you’re just curious, please come and see us. Our recruitment event will give you a great feel for working in the fire service.

“We will talk you through the application process and you can have an informal interview to get the ball rolling. You can even have a practice run at the actual physical tests.

The Saturday event starts at 12pm until 4pm. For more information about working for Fire and Rescue, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr or extraordinary.direct.gov.uk

The recruitment event takes place at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s headquarters on South Park in Lincoln, between 12noon and 4pm this Saturday, February 4.

Source: Lincolnshire County Council