Lowestoft open day gives women insight into life as a firefighter

Women from across Suffolk and as far away as King's Lynn travelled to Lowestoft yesterday to get an insight into the life of a firefighter.

The women were taken around Lowestoft South Fire Station and put through their paces as part of a special open day to help recruit more women to the service.

The group of 10 were challenged to undertake the six national firefighter tests, including a crawl test, ladder climb and equipment carry, while they also heard a talk from serving Lowestoft firefighter Rachael Law.

One of those enjoying the day was Denise Kingstone, 38, of Lowestoft, who said she wanted to help people.

She said: 'It's been fantastic, a real eye-opener. There's been lots of information and it has really made up my mind and made me more determined that this is what I want to do.'

Across Suffolk, women make up 5pc of the frontline operational staff and although this is above the national average, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service wanted to help raise the figure.

John Tiffen, group commander, said: 'On our last recruitment day in November we put out adverts and had no females whatsoever, so we took the step of putting on a women- only day to help allay any fears.'

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