Corby female firefighter celebrates 25 years of service to town
Deb Ashmore is one of the longest-serving firefighters at Corby
A pioneering female Corby firefighter has celebrated a quarter of a century of service as a Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighter and charity fundraiser.
Deb Ashmore currently serving with White Watch, is one of the longest serving firefighters at Corby fire station with 25 years dedicated service to the town of Corby.
During her time at the Phoenix Parkway station Deb has attended numerous incidents, nationally and across the county, and has supported charities including The Fire Fighters Charity, Macmillan Cancer Research and Corby's Lakelands Day Care Hospice.
Deb said: “I’ve always been based at Corby and it’s been a fantastic experience.
"A lot of that is down to the people I work with, the White Watch Corby team are very supportive and thoughtful, and we try and make an effort when people are coming up to special events or anniversaries so that we can celebrate their achievements.
“I have loved my time in the fire service and no two days are the same – it’s been fun, exciting, sad and all of these things and more.
"I’ve been able to do things I would never have had the opportunity to do had I not joined.”
Currently, ten per cent of Northamptonshire firefighters are female. Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service do not define a target for the recruitment of female firefighters but say that they 'target minority/under-represented groups by arranging positive action events'.