London Fire Brigade has launched its biggest recruitment campaign for six years as it looks to hire 400 new firefighters across the capital.

The brigade will hold recruitment days at fire stations in London over the coming months to offer guidance and practise tests to would-be applicants.

It estimates around 7,000 applications for the jobs will be needed in order to recruit the staff it requires. 

The brigade has dropped its London residency and driving licence requirement, but requires all applicants to pass physical and medical test and be at least 17-and-a-half at the time of application.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said: “There is no more important time to become a firefighter in London. 

"Tackling fires, though, is now thankfully a smaller part of a firefighter’s role than ever before. Modern firefighting is so much more than tackling fires. 

"In any given day you could be helping to stabilise the driver at a road traffic collision, pumping out water of a flooded property or fitting smoke alarms that save the life of an elderly Londoner."

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