Girls allowed - TV programme demonstrates why firefighting is not just a job for the boys
PUBLISHED: 11:38 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010
TWO firefighters are starring in a television programme, talking about the benefits of their chosen careers. Stella James and Rachael Broom have been filmed for web-based television channel Careers TV in a programme which focuses on jobs where women are u
TWO firefighters are starring in a television programme, talking about the benefits of their chosen careers.
Stella James and Rachael Broom have been filmed for web-based television channel Careers TV in a programme which focuses on jobs where women are under-represented.
The show, presented by Gail Porter, went live this month on information.tv and, as well as the fire service, looks at other careers for women including the construction industry, law and engineering.
Rachael, crew commander at Hitchin Fire Station, said: "I know there are a lot of people who just don't see women as firefighters but I've done a few different jobs and this is the most varied, exciting and enjoyable one I've had. It's more than a job, it's a career.
"Yes you do have to be fit, and it's not an easy job, but then what job is?
"Once I've got the uniform on I'm just one of the team. We don't really distinguish between men and women, we're firefighters and we've all got a job to do and we just get on with it."
Stella, watch commander in the community fire safety task force based at Longfield in Stevenage, said: "I was really pleased to be asked to take part in the programme.
"There are many women who just wouldn't consider a career with the fire service and I'm hoping that this programme will make them rethink that.
"The fire service offers a lot of benefits to women. Because of the shift system I get to take my children to school and pick them up most days. There aren't many full-time jobs that allow you to do that."
Cllr Richard Smith, Hertfordshire County Council's executive member for community safety, said: "Stella and Rachael are great role models for other women who may be considering a career in the fire service.
"I hope this programme will make people realise there's a place for everyone in our organisation, and gender certainly isn't a barrier."
If you're interested in a career with Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, visit www.herts direct.org/fire and select the 'jobs with fire and rescue' link at the bottom of the page.