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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. 

Bonfire and firework safety tips

30 October 2020

Bonfire Night is just around the corner. With no public events this year, the best advice would be to not have a bonfire or fireworks at home at all....

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Join the fight against ‘zombie batteries’

30 October 2020

Dead batteries thrown away in the general rubbish, or mixed with other recyclable materials like card, metals and plastics, can be very dangerous....

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Halloween shouldn’t be toil or trouble

28 October 2020

Halloween can be a fun time for the whole family, but sometimes bad planning or bad judgement can turn the evening into a nightmare!Fire safety...

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Keeping students safe from fire

26 October 2020

Despite Covid restrictions, new students are settling in to their new homes and new routines and returning students getting back in to the swing of...

Our Headset Heroes!

19 October 2020

The week celebrates International Control Room Week (19 – 25 October 2020), which highlights the incredible work Control Room employees do across the...

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How we are an equal and inclusive employer

16 October 2020

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is currently consulting on its actions under each of the five Equality and Inclusion Priorities. 

National Burn Awareness Day - preventing avoidable accidents

13 October 2020

Prevention and good first aid are key to reducing the number of burns and scalds occurring in the UK every single day.

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Candle Fire Safety Week: Snuff out the fire risk

11 October 2020

As part of the Fire Kills campaign, fire and rescue services across the country are asking people to take care this Candle Fire Safety Week (12-18...

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Update on Energy Works Cleveland Street site fire

7 October 2020

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service was called to the Energy Works site on Cleveland Street, Hull at 1.17pm on Saturday 26 September, persons...

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Update on fire at Haltemprice Crematorium

2 October 2020

Fire Investigation Officers are now investigating the cause of the fire, after firefighters worked incredibly hard to limit damage to the historic...

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The mighty Fire Engine pull!

1 October 2020

After 30 days of pulling trucks for Charity, Ryan showcased his strength and agility by pulling Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s fire engine for...