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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. 

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Mobile Testing Unit opening in Grimsby

27 April 2020

A Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) for key workers and members of their household will be available in North East Lincolnshire this week. The MTU will be...

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Ensure that sausages are the only things that burn this weekend!

24 April 2020

If you plan to have a barbecue this weekend, please enjoy it safely and responsibly. 

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Maintain your business fire safety

23 April 2020

Many businesses may have experienced a significant change in risk due to the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week 2020

20 April 2020

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC) Be Water Aware drowning prevention campaign. The campaign...

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Firefighters are ‘Ready, Willing and Able’ to go the extra mile

15 April 2020

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) is taking part in the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) "Ready Willing and Able" campaign which...

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Not a bright idea - the dangers of sky lanterns

14 April 2020

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is fully behind The National Fire Chiefs Council which has warned a campaign encouraging the public to light sky...

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Supporting Yorkshire Ambulance Service

3 April 2020

Yorkshire Ambulance Service welcomes additional COVID-19 support from fire and rescue colleagues.

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Stay home, but please don’t be a bonfire nuisance

2 April 2020

Councils on both sides of the Humber are calling on households to think of their neighbours and avoid lighting bonfires during the COVID-19...