Every fire engine responding to an emergency in the West Midlands may soon be required to have at least one women firefighter on board.

Calls have been made to ensure crews going to 999 calls accurately reflect the population.

The targets require at least 15 per cent of firefighters be female – which means they will occupy one of the five or six places aboard each engine.

Officials at the Local Government Association (LGA) are pressing the quotas on fire authorities.

Every fire brigade – including the West Midlands – will be required to strive towards reaching the 15 per cent target.