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Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service hosts female firefighters “Come and Try Days”

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In an effort to boost female representation in the field, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is launching a series of “Come and Try Days” tailored for women considering a career as a firefighter.

For those interested, further details can be found on the official website.

Events designed to encourage more female firefighters

These sessions are scheduled before the commencement of the full-time Firefighter recruitment process in September.

The aim is to offer women a first-hand experience of the profession, provide insights, and answer any queries they might have about becoming a firefighter.

Where and when to participate:

The events will span multiple locations including:

  • LDC Belfast, Boucher Road: Saturday 9 September.
  • Armagh Fire Station: Sunday 10 September.
  • Omagh Fire Station: Saturday 16 September.
  • Ballymena Fire Station: Sunday 17 September.

Individuals who are 17 years old and above can attend. There’s a choice between morning (10 am – 12 pm) and afternoon sessions (2 pm – 4 pm) at each venue.

Due to limited availability, those interested should register here.

Area Commander Suzanne Fleming said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for any woman who has ever thought about a career as a Firefighter.”

She further mentioned: “No two days are ever the same- as an emergency service we attend various types of incidents.”

Reflecting on her experience, she shared: “I joined NIFRS 22 years ago and I have loved every minute of it.”

Currently, a little over 6% of NIFRS Firefighters are women, highlighting the need for more female representation.

Fleming concluded: “These events will give you the opportunity to meet Firefighters and hear first-hand what the job involves. We really look forward to meeting you.”

IFSJ Comment

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service’s initiative to draw more women into the firefighting profession is a noteworthy stride towards inclusivity. Increasing the number of female firefighters not only enriches the force with diverse perspectives but also mirrors the diverse communities they serve. The “Come and Try Days” is a commendable approach to debunk myths and ensure women have all the resources and information they need to make an informed career choice.

About Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS): NIFRS is dedicated to serving and protecting the community from fire-related hazards in Northern Ireland. Their mission goes beyond firefighting; they are also committed to promoting fire safety awareness and education. With a rich history and a commitment to diversity, NIFRS continues its efforts to represent and protect every segment of the community.

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