We acknowledge that on the face of it, the term ‘fireman’ may not appear to be very inclusive and many will consider it gender biased. Whilst we don’t have any female firemen on the team at the moment, we have in the past. We also have female ex-firemen currently employed. The women in these roles are proud of their work as firemen and see themselves (and the role) as part of a team where every role is pivotal. On chatting to them about their level of comfort around the name of their job, each of these women has clearly articulated their own reasons for wanting the role to be known as fireman. We respect this decision.
Driving and being in the cab of a locomotive is primarily, through over a century of tradition, a male dominated role. Women have begun to move into these spaces and we pride ourselves on being an employer that encourages more women into these professions. We continue to work with all of our teams to ensure diversity and inclusion across our entire workplace.