'You can still fight fires with pink hair': Tyne & Wear's top female officer on battling blazes and stereotypes
She's a trailblazing woman whose work proves that firefighting definitely is for girls.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Lynsey McVay is the first woman in Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) to do the job, and the first operational principal officer in the service - that is to say, the first to make to her level after starting out as a firefighter.
There's still a lot more change that's needed: in 2020, just 7% of UK firefighters were female, while 96% of all firefighters were white.
That's something Lynsey hopes to help tackle, by encouraging people who might not see themselves as potential firefighters to consider applying.
"I think there still is this real perception that firefighters are big, strong, white, males, essentially, and that's all - it is a societal thing, it's a generational thing," she said.
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"Gold Bond Medicated Advanced Healing Ointment TV Spot, 'Dry Weather'
Maggie is a firefighter who is no stranger to dry weather and the dry, cracked skin that comes with working in dry conditions. She uses Gold Bond's Medicated Advanced Healing Ointment to restore her skin without any sticky residue feeling"
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FUTURE FIREFIGHTER PODCAST
"Women in the Fire Service Podcast
Welcome to the Future Firefighter Podcast Series. Our first-ever podcast series for those who champion equality and diversity in fire.Starting October 2021, we bring you one episode a month of our Future Firefighter Podcast Series. Six podcast episodes providing tips and advice for those who dream of being a firefighter. Topics include the role of the firefighter, what the Fire and Rescue Service does, application and interview techniques, different careers/roles, fitness and strength, and HR (maternity, work life balance, inclusion policies).
The Future Firefighter Podcast Series is introduced by WFS Committee Member, Sara Hall. Each episode is hosted by a selection of guest volunteers—firefighters and other fire professionals. We share their stories and what inspires them to do what they do.
Be Inspired! Be a Future Firefighter.
Subscribe to future WFS podcasts on all major platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and RadioPublic.
Play the episodes below!"
This is an amazing idea! Thank you ladies!
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How to raise gutsy girls
TED posted a video to playlist TED Shorts."Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=213895555994221and grow up to be brave women. Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise confident girls with stories and advice from firefighter, paraglider and all-around adventurer Caroline Paul."
"Bravery is learned, and like anything learned, it just needs to be practiced."
Watch the full TED Talk here: https://bit.ly/2Q5G1ON"
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All female duty crew!
South Vineland Fire Company
December 10th 2021 ·
"Tonight, we are proud to announce our first-ever, all female duty crew in the department's 150 year history! From left to right we have Firefighters Lindsey Finerfrock, Jennifer Consalo, Morgan Bishop and Kay Low. We are lucky to have all four dedicated, hard-working and highly skilled young women members of our station."
I'm so excited to see these ladies working together, we appreciate them, and wish them well working alongside each other. It's still a thrill, as in my years of service between 1982, and 1989, I never saw any other female firefighters.
Fire Woman Jo
#FIREWOMAN #womenfirefighters #femalefirefighters #allwomencrew #firsts #trailblazers #careerchoice #youcanbewhatyoucansee #SouthVinelandFireCompany
Gutsy Girls, may we see them, may we be them!