Ms Dany Cotton, chief of London Fire Brigade: Stop calling us ‘firemen’ because it’s sexist

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in October 2017:

Our thanks to Sean for thisPathetic. The end of the piece, with Ms Cotton reflecting on the Grenfell Tower blaze which killed 70+ people [our emphases]:

Ms Cotton attended the 1988 Clapham Junction train crash, in which 35 people died, just three months into her career as a firefighter, and has described June’s Grenfell Tower fire as the worst blaze she has ever witnessed in her 29-year career.

In the immediate aftermath of the fire, which is believed to have killed about 80 people, she expressed concerns about the disaster’s impact on the mental health of her firefighters who had fought appalling conditions to find survivors.

She said she had received counselling herself in the wake of the fire.

She said: “It’s really important; it’s something that people need to talk about and work through to try to stop them having problems in the future.

“One of the things I felt on the night was the overwhelming sense of responsibility because I was in charge and it was my firefighters at risk in the building, so that was an overwhelming sensation I never really experienced before, so it’s working through that for me.”

70+ people died in the tragic fire and her prime thoughts are about herself. Disgraceful.

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