Celebrating Dany Cotton, the first woman commissioner of London Fire Brigade

Our WFS Patron, Dany, officially steps down from her position at London Fire Brigade on 31 December after 32 years of dedicated service.

Dany has been on our National Executive Committee for 19 years and we are honoured she has served as a committed Vice-Chair, Chair, and Patron during that time. 

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Women’s team teach rescue skills to women

Instructors teaching line rescue

“In March 2019 the three of us headed out to Tajikistan with a team from Staffordshire Emergency Services Humanitarian Aid Association (SESHAA). Ron, Matt and Paul from SESHAA taught the male firefighters at the fire stations. And we taught the women in a purpose built building, designed for USAR Training. Imagine a very grand building covered in marble, yet with no running water or electricity which made things interesting!”

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Chief Commissioner of LFB features in 100 First Women UK exhibition

Photographic portrait of Dany Cotton on display at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.
© Image by Beth Walsh Photography courtesy of New Walk Museum & Art Gallery.

Photographer Anita Corbin has created a unique collection of 100 portraits of 21st-century women – celebrating those who have pushed boundaries to achieve ambitions in their field. The 10-year project includes trailblazer and Patron of Women in the Fire Service UK, Dany Cotton.

Dany, Chief Commissioner of London Fire Brigade is well-known and admired for showing what can be achieved if we challenge ourselves and the society we live in.

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East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Regional Development Day

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) will run a second ‘It Starts With You’ development day at their Service Training Centre in Maresfield on Thursday 7 November 2019. The themes for the development day include unconscious bias, the importance of language and what inclusion means to the Fire Service.

‘It Starts With You’ is organised by ESFRS Gender Inclusion Network, a women’s network which aims to encourage equality, inspire positive change, and create an inclusive working environment.

What’s on:

  • Hear from Dr Sab Cohen-Hatton, Chief Fire Officer, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
  • Interview techniques for interviewees and decision-makers
  • Hear from speakers including WFS Chair, Julie King, on why communication matters
  • Discover the power of mentoring with The Girls Network
  • Intro to Incident Command workshop for ops and non-ops delegates

There are thirty free places available on a first-come, first-served basis, open to all fire and rescue service staff in any role. The cost for those from other services is £45 per person. 

Register your interest to attend on eventbrite.co.uk

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is a corporate member and supporter of Women in the Fire Service UK.