Another added: “They’ve really axed Fireman Sam for being a male? This is the world our children are growing up in! Being male is now a problem?”
However, London Fire Brigade supported the decision and wrote on Twitter: “The use of the outdated term Fireman ingrains especially in the young that it is a male only role.
“We’ve been called firefighters for 30 years and just ask everyone to call us our job title. And that will stop excluding our women firefighters & encourage more to join.”
Ben Selby, FBU executive council member for the East Midlands, said the term “fireman” was “archaic”, adding: “Women firefighters risk their lives every single day – calling them by their rightful title, firefighter, should not be too much to ask.”
In the same article we are told:
According to Government statistics, 5.2% of firefighters in England were women in 2017.
Dunno about you but 94.8% right looks pretty good to me for government work.