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'Saving lives is the most fulfilling role anyone can do' - London Fire Brigade is looking for new recruits

There's more to the LFB than just fighting fires but anyone interested in a career with the emergency service needs to act before the Monday deadline

Firefighters appearing in the hit ITV documentary Inside London Fire Brigade are calling on people to join them as a new round of recruitment opens at a time when the Brigade needs more firefighters.

The brigade is hoping that the success of the ITV show which started on July 27, will entice those who never thought of firefighting as a career.

Recruitment closes on Monday (August 14) with successful candidates embarking on a pre-learning programme followed by further training.

The three-part documentary showcases modern firefighting and includes numerous career paths - from investigating fires and specialist rescues to dealing with hazardous materials and carrying out community work to stop fires breaking out in the first place.

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The film crew attached themselves to Lambeth, Brixton and Battersea fire stations, but were given access to other incidents across the capital as they happened.

Among the jobs covered in the programme are the Croydon tram crash and Grenfell Tower fire .

The series also shows the range of issues professional firefighters deal with today including essential fire prevention activity.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) Commissioner Dany Cotton said: “The response we received from the first episode of the documentary has been amazing and now we’re asking viewers to step up.

“If you don’t like the idea of a desk job but do like meeting people, pushing yourself, being part of a team and working at the heart of the community, please apply now.

“Saving lives, whether through carrying out an emergency rescue or educating people about fire safety, is the most fulfilling role anyone can do.”

Crew Manager Edric Kennedy MacFoy, who appears in the series, said: “The thought of serving the community and coming to the aid of those in need gives me instant job satisfaction.

“There’s no better feeling than helping those in need and having a positive effect on the lives of others.”

You can apply at the age of 17.5 years old and will need a full driver’s license and a permanent London address for the past 12 months, although there are some exceptions, for students or those serving in the armed forces.

LFB is looking to hear from more women and those from black and minority ethnic groups as it aims to be the most diverse and inclusive in the country fire and rescue service in the country.

London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton observes a minute's silence in memory of Grenfell tower victims(Image: PA)

Anyone interested can apply at the LFB website before the Monday deadline.

Successful candidates will go on a foundation course ahead of further rounds of training.

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