London Fire Brigade is offering Kate Winslet the opportunity to train with firefighters after she bravely rescued Richard Branson's mother from a fire on his multi-million pound luxury holiday island.

The Brigade - which has over 300 women firefighters - is inviting Kate to learn how crews deal with fires and also how people can prevent fires from happening in the first place. On the proposed visit, Kate would visit the Brigade's training centre, meet trainees and experience the role of a modern day firefighter. This would include operational duties such as trying out firefighter breathing apparatus and climbing a ladder pitched against a tower block. She will also be made aware of the community safety activities that firefighting staff regularly carry out.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner of LFB and highest woman operational firefighter in the country, Dany Cotton, said: "Kate has shown true bravery and we would love her to visit the London Fire Brigade and see the work that real firefighters do at first hand.

"Kate has shown that women can carry out rescues just as well as men. I hope her actions will encourage more women to think about becoming a firefighter."


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