SHAFAQNA- Uroosa Arshid says she gets some confused looks from members of the public as ‘a lot of people do still stereotype firefighters’ but she wants to see the fire service become ‘so diverse that a stereotype isn’t possible’. Britain’s first Hijab-wearing firefighter has called on other Muslim women to follow in her footsteps. Fire chiefs sourced a special fire-proof Hijab for Uroosa Arshid to wear under her breathing apparatus.
The 27-year-old, from Aspley, Nottingham, said she gets some confused looks from members of the public. But she is loving being in her dream job – and wants more women to join up for the fire service. She said: “A lot of people do still stereotype firefighters, so when they see people like me they are very shocked and confused,” she said.