‘Save The UK Fire Service’ has announced that outgoing LFB Commissioner Dany Cotton will receive a Guard of Honour on 23rd December.
A post shared on the STUKFS Facebook page confirmed:
‘We have now after various discussions and liaisons with many parties we have reset the date and time for the Guard of Honour for the Out-going Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade – Dany Cotton.
‘The date is now set in stone as the 23rd December, and we are asking that people arrive from 12:30 – 13:00 Hrs.
‘If you have a uniform please wear it whether Fire gear or undress.
‘If you don’t, please come anyway.
‘We intend to line both sides of Union Street and send Dany off with a show of support that she can never ever forget and for her to know that we are Fire Family – she must finish her duties knowing that she was appreciated.
‘This is a non-political event with no other agenda than to honour and gives respect to Dany; all uniformed service personnel are invited as are members of the public.’
Cotton joined London Fire Brigade in 1988, and her first placement was at Wimbledon Fire Station.
Aged 19, she had been a full firefighter for just three months when she attended the Clapham Junction rail crash.
In 2007, she was assigned the post of Area Commander, becoming the highest-ranking woman in the British Fire Service, and in 2012 was made Assistant Chief Officer.
In September 2016, Cotton was appointed interim Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade following the retirement of Ron Dobson.
She took up the position on 1st January 2017.
Cotton initially held the title of Interim Commissioner until a restructure of the Brigade later in 2017, at which point she became full Commissioner.
Commenting on the appointment of Dany Cotton as London Fire Commissioner at the time, Young Women’s Trust Chief Executive Dr Carole Easton said:
“It’s great to see a woman appointed to the top job in the London Fire Brigade.
“It is so important that young women who are considering which career path to choose have role models in all workplaces to inspire them.
“The fire service has typically been dominated by men.
“Hopefully, this appointment will encourage more young women into the London Fire Brigade.”
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