One of Europe’s highest-ranking women firefighters has taken over in London

London’s new Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton is the first woman to hold the position in London Fire’s 151 year history.

Cotton, who took over on January 1st, was previously the Brigade’s Director of Safety and Assurance.

She said: “I’m delighted and proud to be leading such a dedicated and professional workforce at such an important time in the Brigade’s history.

“Over the previous decade we have seen the number of fires in London reduce by half and I’m looking forward to building on this hard work, which thanks to our staff, has had such a positive impact on improving fire safety across the capital.”

She replaces Ron Dobson, who has stood down after 37 years of service to the Brigade.

And she added: “As Interim Commissioner I’m committed to making sure that we remain ready and equipped to respond to the wide range of challenges and emergencies we face as a modern fire and rescue service serving a global city.

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