The fire and rescue service in Lancashire is staging a
special event to encourage women to take up firefighting as a career.
Currently there are just 26 women in the firefighting
department compared to 1,272 men. This special event is to take place at
Euxton, Chorley on Friday.
Firefighters will demonstrate a variety of operational
rescue scenarios like extinguishing fires in industrial and domestic settings
during the sessions with most of the firefighters giving the demos expected to
"We know that
there are women who would make exceptionally capable firefighters who aren't at
present considering it as a career," said Lancashire's Chief Fire Officer,
Peter Holland. "Though they are missing out on an outstanding career
option, we are missing out on the ability they could bring to the role."