Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service recruits 16 new firefighters - 5 of which are women

PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 June 2017

Devon and Somerset Fire Service has recruited new firefighters.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service has recruited new firefighters.

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Devon and Somerset Fire And Rescue Service has announced it will soon begin training 16 new firefighters, as a result of a successful recruitment drive.

Back in December the service began its first recruitment drive in eight years and the new firefighters – five of which are women – will begin training in August.

Assistant chief fire officer Glenn Askew said the aim had been to encourage a broad range of applicants to plug gaps in the workforce.

He said: “The role of a firefighter has changed dramatically, even in recent years.

“We expect so much more of our firefighters in terms of their ability to adapt to a huge range of incident types and community work.

“However, perceptions of our role in the community haven’t really changed.

“This campaign and the subsequent selection process needed to allow us to attract a future workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities.”

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