Fleur Lombard Bursary

Fancy travelling the world to learn about the work of other fire and rescue services?

Would you like to improve your understanding of fire service issues?

Have you thought about broadening your horizons and developing your skills?

The Fleur Lombard Bursary Fund could give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Funding is available for operational and support staff, from any fire and rescue service in the UK, provided they meet the aims of the fund:

To advance the education of junior members of the fire and rescue service, by the grant of bursaries to enable them to travel and study fire and rescue service related issues at other fire and rescue services elsewhere in the UK, in Europe, or worldwide.

How can I apply?

To apply for The Fleur Lombard Bursary you will need to complete an application form, and refer to a checklist to ensure that you meet the necessary criteria.

If you would like to apply for the Bursary, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our switchboard on 0117 926 2061.

Applications can be submitted at any time during the year.


About Fleur Lombard (1974 - 1996)

Portrait of Fleur receiving awardFleur was the first female firefighter to die on duty in peacetime Britain.

On Sunday 4 February, 1996, fire crews were called to a fire at the Leos supermarket in Staple Hill, Bristol.  Fleur, who was serving at Speedwell Fire Station at the time, was inside the building when she lost her life while tackling the inferno. 

Fleur was posthumously awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal and Chief Fire Officer's Commendation in recognition of her bravery.  Two of her colleagues who were with her that day were also awarded the George Medal and the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.

The memories of Fleur remain close to the hearts of those in Avon and a memorial stands to commemorate her life near the site of the fire in Staple Hill.  Fleur's ashes were interred at St Enodoc Church in Trebetherick, Cornwall, which overlooks Daymer Bay – a cherished area where the family used to visit and have picnics. 

On graduating in 1994, Fleur received the Silver Axe Award, for most outstanding recruit on her training school.  After Fleur's tragic death a trust fund was set up as a fitting tribute to her bravery, courage, dedication and professionalism.  The Fleur Lombard Bursary aims to keep Fleur's values alive, helping others progress their careers in the fire and rescue service.