A STATION manager for the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has been named the winner of the ‘Dany Cotton Inspiring Leader’ award as part of the Women in the Fire Service Awards.
Liana Selecka-Jones, who joined the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service in 2021, has been nominated for national awards for her outstanding contributions to the service.
The Dany Cotton Inspiring Leader category recognizes people who champion equality and diversity, who bring about real change, inspire the fire service community and bring out the best in the people they work with.
Liana’s team described her as passionate about improving and shaping the future of the industry and a fantastic role model.
Liana was instrumental in setting up the Cumbria Women in the Fire Service (WFS) Network, their Affirmative Action Recruitment Task Force and in supporting many colleagues within the service throughout their development.
In addition to this, Liana also set up a WFS network at her former service in Gloucestershire and supported the WFS ‘future firefighter’ scheme as a volunteer, paving the way for other women to join the industry.
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chief John Beard said: ‘I am delighted that Liana has been chosen as the winner of the Dany Cotton Inspiring Leader award.
“This is a fantastic achievement and a true testament to Liana and the work she does within Cumbria and for women in the fire service nationwide.
“She is a fantastic role model for everyone in the fire and rescue service community, as well as those considering fire service as a career.”
Speaking when notified of her award, Liana said, “I am honored to have been nominated for the Dany Cotton Inspirational Leader Award by my service. I am so thrilled and honored to be the winner of this category and truly believe that everyone who was nominated would be a worthy winner.
“It was only four years ago that I attended my first National Women in the Fire Service Training and Development Weekend as a newly promoted team manager. I had only one year of service under my belt and felt a bit out of place due to my inexperience. I listened to Dany Cotton’s speech and it gave me the confidence and confidence that I could one day follow in his footsteps. This is why this particular award means so much to me personally.
Women of the Fire Service President Jules King QFSM said, “I am thrilled to recognize Liana for the impact her leadership has had on others. advancement are commendable. Liana continues to embrace her development journey, empowering others along the way. Her commitment and involvement as a local representative for women in the fire service has been welcome, especially the way she uses her own experiences to support and inspire the next generation.”
The awards ceremony takes place at the Fire Service College on Friday, June 10, 2022.
For more information on women in the fire service visit: www.wfs.org.uk
For more information on the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service visit: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/cumbriafire/