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Vicky Shakesby

Vicky was one of the first women to join Humberside Fire Brigade, as it was then known, in 1994. She was the first Full-Time female Firefighter to join the Service.

Having qualified to become Lead Firefighter (LFf) in her first four years of service, she was later promoted in to Staff section in 1998.

Vicky has served at all of the stations in the service and has moved through the ranks operationally throughout her 27 year-long career.

In addition to assisting Women in the Fire Service (WFS) by contributing to national committees to discuss topics such as female fire fit and general support for women in the fire service, she also organised for a group of fire service women to climb Mount Kilimanjaro; raising over £30,000 in the process. 

Vicky received an MBE in the New Years Honours list of 2007 for Outstanding Contribution to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. 

A fitting tribute to a staff member who supported others

26 September 2019

Today alongside Scottish Emergency Rescue Association (SERA), we paid tribute to staff member Shona Tinch, who sadly lost her battle with cancer...

Name the Play Avenue Fire Engine competition

23 September 2019

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has launched a competition in conjunction with Play Avenue to find a name for the Play Avenue fire engine. 

Big Run for Funds!

17 September 2019

Eleven year old, Alexander Wilson competed in the Big Fun Run, Sheffield on Saturday 10 August and raised £374 for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Accommodation above businesses

13 September 2019

Many shops, offices, restaurants and takeaways have flats above them. Business owners need to ensure that their fire safety plan takes into account...

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service launch new 45m ALP

12 September 2019

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has launched its new 45m Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP), complete with remembrance wrap.

Protect your business from deliberate fires

12 September 2019

Did you know 86% of businesses that have a fire never recover from it and arson is the most common cause of fire in retail premises? Most arson...

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From a spark to a flame - ensure your electrics are safe

10 September 2019

Electrical fires account for around 33% of accidental fires in the UK workplace.

Business Safety Week 2019 - help us help your business

4 September 2019

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) is offering businesses fire safety advice as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC's) Business...

Drone launched in partnership with Humberside Police

2 September 2019

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Humberside Police have today launched a jointly funded drone asset.