…Cotton is candid about being one of the few women in a male-dominated workforce.
“One single thing that would help bring more women into the service? Stop saying ‘fireman’. How many people still use that?” she says. “It would make a real difference if people stopped. Why did they have to go for Fireman Sam? What’s wrong with Firefighter Sam? We have to change that perception of a six foot hairy-arsed bloke who can kick a door down.”
…not someone whose main role seems to be nitpicking language.
“Women make fantastic firefighters,” she says. “If all you want to do is leap on the big red shiny engine and be a hero then the fire service is probably not for you anyway.”
“Perhaps 70% of our work now is fire prevention, social engagement, communicating with different types of people in the community.”
That long march through the institutions never even stopped for lunch, did it?