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Dany Cotton

Dany Cotton

Patron of the Women in the Fire Service, Retired Commissioner for London Fire Brigade, Women in the Fire Service UK
Dany joined London Fire Brigade in 1988 aged 18. She was one of 30 women firefighters out of a workforce of 9000. She worked her way up through the ranks, and in 2000 was the first woman Station Officer in the UK. Dany served in a number of different roles and departments including working as Director for Safety and Assurance prior to her promotion in 2017, where she subsequently became the first woman Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade in its' 151 year history. Dany has attended many high profile operational incidents including the Clapham train crash in 1988, just a few months after leaving training school. She was in charge of the Cutty Sark fire in 2007, and a 40-pump fire on the day of the Olympic closing ceremony in 2012. During her first six months in the role of Commissioner, she led the Brigade during major incidents including the unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist incidents at London Bridge and Finsbury Park. She retired from London Fire Brigade at the end of 2019. In 2004, Dany was the first woman in history to be awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal for distinguished service. In 2010, she was named by The Independent as one of the '100 women who changed the world', and in 2011 was voted among the most influential women in London. In 2015, she won the Public Service Category at the First Women Awards, and in 2017 she won the Women of the Year Leadership Award. Since retiring from LFB, she presents on leadership and various other subjects to a number of different organisations and works with the Multi-Agency Gold Incident Command course. Dany was the Chair/Vice Chair of Women in the Fire Service for 19 years, and is currently the Patron. She is also a Patron for PTSD999, and an ambassador for the Antarctic Fire Angels and the UK Fire Service women's rugby team. Her hobbies include skiing, walking, spending time with family and friends, and caring for her four rescue cats.