New Years Honours – The Women of Fire & Rescue
The Fire Fighters Charity has celebrated the accolades bestowed upon members of the fire and rescue community. A list of those honoured can be found here.
All of those honoured are worth learning more about but a lower percentage of women are a part of Fire & Rescue than other areas of the public sector. Sian Griffiths, who retired in 2015, was one of only five female firefighters in Britain to last more than 30 years in the service. The Telegraph talked to her at the time about the lack of women in the Fire Service.
So certainly worth calling out the two women honoured by the Queen.
First Woman CEO of Kent Fire and Rescue
Ann Millington has been the chief executive of Kent Fire and Rescue since 2011, having previously worked as the human resources director and the deputy chief executive. Millington was bestowed with the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.
She was the first woman to be appointed to the role in the service’s history, but her career was an interesting and varied one before that. See more at Kent Online.
Helping Vulnerable Children, Young People and Adults
Ms Donna Joanne Finch was made OBE in her capacity as Community Development and Safeguarding Manager, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.
Donna has been with the Service since 2004. In her role, she manages the Service’s Firebreak programmes, the school’s education programme, Essex Fire Cadets, the juvenile fire-setter scheme, the Duke of Edinburgh national licence for the Chief Fire Officer Association (CFOA) and is Safeguarding Manager for Children and Adults. You can read more here.