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Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan is helping the Fire & Rescue Service to target girls aged 14 – 16 for its future workforce.

Michelle will be taking part in a firefighting challenge doing various firefighter training exercises and is determined to prove that she’s got what it takes to be a firefighter. She wants to inspire young girls across the country and show them that they could have what it takes too.

Speaking about the challenge Michelle, whose uncle is an operational firefighter in her home town of Manchester, said, “I’m really looking forward to finding out what’s required to join the Fire & Rescue Service. I know it’s going to be a challenge but I’m up for it. This is something that’s close to my heart. My uncle is a firefighter and has always been a real inspiration to me so I’m incredibly proud to be supporting this campaign. I want girls to realise that firefighting isn’t just a ‘job for the boys’ – it’s all about dedication and perseverance – you can do anything if you put your mind to it!”

The challenge that Michelle will be taking part in includes lifting and running with firefighting equipment and taking part in typical circuit training to maintain fitness. These are examples of tests that firefighters have to complete before beginning their initial training with the Fire & Rescue Service and are a good indication of what skills are needed.

Female firefighter Dany Cotton is Deputy Assistant Commissioner for London Fire Brigade and member of Networking Women in the Fire and Rescue Service, she said, “In the Fire and Rescue Service women firefighters do exactly the same job as men and it’s great that Michelle is taking part in this firefighting challenge to bring attention to this.”

“Being a firefighter isn’t about being exceptionally strong. Nor does a firefighter only fight fires.  Firefighters have to be good communicators, sensitive to people’s needs and vulnerabilities. Girls should no longer worry about whether they would be able to succeed in a career that has traditionally been dominated by men.   did it. So can they.”

Information on Fire and Rescue Service careers at www.direct.gov.uk/extraordinary

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