- Dany Cotton lives in Orpington, Kent. During her 22 years with London Fire Brigade she has risen through the ranks to become a Deputy Assistant Commissioner, and is the highest ranking operational women in the UK fire and rescue service. She was also the first woman firefighter in the UK to be awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal. www.london-fire.gov.uk The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters will host a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.–
As a woman in the fire service, I sometimes feel that part of my role is about myth busting. I’ve recently been helping the organisers of a national campaign aiming to promote firefighting careers to school aged girls, and this involved some live radio interviews.