The past three months have been stressful to say the least, but I can honestly say that I have really enjoyed this project from start to finish.
As we start the new year, Dany Cotton takes her position as the first female commissioner of the London Fire Brigade.
In the very early stages of this project, before I had even given my pitch, I created a survey to find out the opinions of others. I knew I wanted to make my radio documentary on female firefighters, and I already knew how I felt towards the subject. I felt passionate about the topic because of my gender and the generation I was born into. However, I thought it would be interesting to see how people of different ages and different genders also felt about the topic. I created a short two question survey and shared it around all my social media in hope to find opinions that I wouldn’t have necessarily considered myself.
On the 1st December, I went to the London Fire Brigade HQ in Union Street to meet Dany Cotton. On the 1st of January 2017, Dany will take her position as the Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, not only making her the highest ranking female firefighter in Europe, but also the first lady in history to lead the Brigade.
With the 12th of January deadline looming, ‘Femmes Du Feu – Female Firefighters in a Man’s World’ is beginning to take shape. This week I have began editing my interviews, which is possibly the most time consuming part of the whole project. With this in mind, I had an extremely productive Tuesday and made a huge dent in my editing, which I’m very pleased about. A lot has gone on behind the scenes of this blog, so I thought I’d write a post about what I have been getting up to over the last few months that hasn’t necessarily made it into a blog post.
On the 12th of November I took a trip to Dowgate open day and was lucky enough to interview female firefighter, Hannah Bailey!
Have a listen to my interview with female firefighter, Caroline Anderson about her role as Vice Chair of the WFS.