Avon Fire & Rescue Service is celebrating International Women’s Day

In 1940, whilst others were sheltering from the bombs, Freda Tribe drove her mobile canteen through the air raids to provide food, drink and first aid to firefighters.

At the same time, Rosa Goodchild was volunteering for the new intake of ‘National Firewomen’ at Bath Central Fire Station where she passed at the top of her class, enabling her to go on to the Fire Service College.

In 1994, when Fleur Lombard graduated from training school, she was the most outstanding recruit in her group and was presented with the Silver Axe Award.

Fleur was the first female firefighter to die on duty in peacetime Britain but her legacy lives on and in her memory Avon Fire & Rescue Service has set up the Fleur Lombard Bursary Fund.

On Thursday 8 March, Avon Fire & Rescue Service will be featuring the inspirational stories of Rosa, Freda and Fleur throughout the day on its social media.

Serving Firefighter Dawn Wright said: “I’ve been a firefighter with AF&RS for 13 years and the feeling of self-achievement I get from knowing that work I do is helping to make my community safer is amazing.

“Our recent ‘Yes You Can’ recruitment campaigns have proved that more women are now considering a career as a firefighter and we are making progress with changing the stereotypes associated with these roles. 

“These incredible role models paved the way for women to have careers in blue light services and International Women’s Day gives us a chance to celebrate this and encourage more women to consider a career in our emergency services.”

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