The Primary Futures event is designed to raise young people’s aspirations by helping them to understand the link between learning and their futures.
Members of HFRS staff were invited to take part in the Primary Futures event recently, designed to raise young people’s aspirations by helping them to understand the link between learning and their futures.
Three female members of Humberside Fire & Rescue Service attended three different schools in the Humberside area, as part of the event.
Sam, Claire and Anna were asked to join a panel of other people, in plain clothes, and students had to guess their careers based on a series of yes or no answers.
Sam explained: “During the event the children had to guess what they thought our job role may be.
"The event allowed us to help them to understand that there are a number of roles they might not have considered before, assuring them that if they worked hard they could achieve their aspirations.
"Following the event children approached me and said they would like to be a Firefighter, and it made me feel very proud."
After the questioning. the panel then returned to the stage in their work attire, with Sam, Claire and Anna wearing fire kit and carrying their helmets.
Other panel members consisted of doctors, a railways Project Manager, and a Marketing Manager.
The event was well received by the schools involved. Safety messages were explained to children, and they were reminded to call 999 in an emergency where they required the Fire Service.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service currently has 31 Full-Time and On-Call female Firefighters, which is 3.1% of the total workforce. The #BeOurFuture campaign was born out of a response to recruiting a more diverse and reflective workforce, and other efforts are being made to attract more BME (Black, Minority, Ethnic) candidates in the workforce.
HFRS is proud to have led the introduction of HeForShe, the international gender solidarity movement, which recognises equality amongst men and women in the workplace.