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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“Fabulous weekend and overcame some fears supported by others”


There were 248 delegates who attended the Women in the Fire Service UK’s 19th National Training & Development Event on 21-23 June. Women and men from all different roles across the sector represented their service, from firefighters, control room officers, community safety advocates, and HR administrators to business analysts. 

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Training event inspires and empowers women in the fire service to succeed

Woman abseiling at Women in the Fire Service event at the Fire Service College

Wow. What an amazing weekend.

We are still celebrating the success of Women in the Fire Service UK’s 19th National Training & Development Event which took place on 21-23 June.

‘Celebrating Difference, Improving Delivery’ was the theme for the event and women and men came to learn together to build on existing skills and to learn new ones. 

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