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What do you imagine when you think about a firefighters role?

The traditional image is perhaps of a firefighter in a fire engine with blue lights flashing and sirens wailing, heading to rescue people from a burning building.

Whilst this is still a small part of what we do, the demands of our fire service have changed considerably in recent times and the role and requirements of our firefighters has changed too.

The types of emergencies we attend are more varied

Such as attending road traffic collisions, people who are trapped, floods and storms and increasing number of health related incidents, are just some of what we are now trained to respond to.

We are focusing more and more on prevention and protection work within our communities so that we can continue to reduce the number and impact of incidents throughout the Humber region. A major part of a firefighter’s role is in contributing to this.

Our communities are diverse and we are working hard to meet their differing needs through the services we provide. Our firefighters must be able to communicate effectively with varied individuals and groups such as older people, young adults and school children to religious groups and people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

Treating people with dignity and respect is at the heart of what we do.