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Children talk about their firefighter mums to mark International Women’s Day

The fire service has unveiled a tear jerking video celebrating the role of women in the fire service, to mark a major global awareness day.

But firefighters are not the stars of the show- as the children of serving staff take centre stage in the super cute short film.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue says the viral video’s release on International Women’s Day is designed to make more women think about a career in the fire service.

Alex Johnson, Assistant Chief Fire Officer at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, said: “Perceptions of the fire service as being a male dominated organisation are changing and here in South Yorkshire we have already come a very long way, with female firefighters serving on the front line at fire stations all over the county for nearly 30 years. We also have lots of women working in support staff roles and International Women’s Day is an ideal opportunity to celebrate the contribution all the women we employ make towards making our communities safer and stronger.

“But at the same time we fully accept that we still have a long way to go before we become truly representative of the communities which we serve. The role of a firefighter has changed considerably in recent years, and we now play a vital social role, including youth work, safety initiatives and carrying out home safety checks. As the highest ranking female officer in South Yorkshire, I will continue to be a strong advocate for women in the fire service, hopefully inspiring more women to think about a career they may never have considered before.”

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This content was last updated on March 07th, 2018