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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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Home Safety Week 2020 - be alert to alarms for a safer home

28 September 2020

Alarms save lives and in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide (CO) incident they can provide precious time to escape. The National Fire Chiefs...

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Introducing Fire Escape Hoods, Keeping Our Communities in the Humber Area Safe.

23 September 2020

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) have obtained 92 fire escape hoods, to help protect local communities during fire related incidents.


Fire Door Safety Week - shut the door on fire and smoke

21 September 2020

Fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire especially when we are asleep and at our most vulnerable. Their correct specification,...

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Gas Safety Week 2020

14 September 2020

Today marks the start of the tenth Gas Safety Week coordinated by Gas Safe Register. The week aims to reach all gas consumers in the UK, however Gas...

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Your safety, your Fire and Rescue Service

9 September 2020

Our consultation is now open and we welcome your views, thoughts and comments about us and the direction we’re planning.

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Businesses urged not to overlook fire safety by National Fire Chiefs Council

7 September 2020

Businesses across the UK which have had to make changes due to COVID-19 are being urged to make sure fire safety remains a top priority.

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Attacks on Firefighters, Don’t Cross the Line

2 September 2020

Earlier this year, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Humberside Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Yorkshire Ambulance Service launched...

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Driving down false alarms as more businesses reopen after lockdown

1 September 2020

False alarms account for around 40% of all incidents attended by fire and rescue services across the country.