Dany CottonLondon's first woman Commissioner, Dany Cotton, is calling for the capital's women to apply to be firefighters, as the Brigade launches its recruitment drive.

Over 300 women are already London firefighters but that's only 7% of the operational workforce and the Commissioner wants to increase that to 18%.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said: "I want the Brigade to truly reflect the city that we serve and that means more women firefighters but also more applicants from London's diverse communities and cultures.

Being a firefighter is about 'more than fighting fires'

The Commissioner added: "Modern firefighting is about more than fighting fires, with numerous career paths from investigating fires to specialist rescue and dealing with hazardous materials but also community work to stop fires breaking out in the first place."

"If you don't like the idea of a desk job but like meeting people, pushing yourself, being part of a team and working in the community, you should really think about joining us."