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06-03-20

NFCC celebrates International Women's Day

Today we celebrate women and particularly those who work for fire and rescue services across the UK as part of this year's International Women’s Day.

As inspirational stories, videos and photos are shared across the UK fire services, we can clearly see the invaluable work being carried out - and how all staff, whatever their professional role, are contributing towards this year’s International Women’s Day theme of #EachForEqual.

NFCC Chair Roy Wilsher said:

“Today is about celebrating the fantastic work carried out by women across all roles within the fire service; it should also act as a reminder that the fire service does not discriminate; it is a job for all.

“I am really pleased that the Latest Home Office figures show that we are seeing the number of female firefighters increase.

“For the first time since 2009 this is due to more women applying, rather than it being attributed to male firefighters leaving the service. Diversity is on the increase and the message is getting across that our fire family is open to everyone.

“Let’s celebrate all the work that goes on across the fire service; the dedication and pride shown every day by staff is something we should all be proud of.”

Women have played an essential role within the fire service since 1938 and by the end of Second World War, more than 90,000 women had joined both the auxiliary and national fire service.  

We support this year’s International Women’s Day theme, ‘an equal world is an enabled world.’ It is urging everyone to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.

By actively challenging stereotypes, broadening perceptions and celebrating women's achievements, collectively everyone can help to create a gender equal year.

Another key theme is equality is not a women's issue but a business issue; gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive. 

“I would go further and say it is everyone’s issue and will help make the world a better place”

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