Kate Winslet invited to train with London Fire Brigade

Wednesday August 24, 2011

After heroically carrying Sir Richard Branson's 90-year-old mother to safety when his Necker Island house caught fire, Kate Winslet has been invited to train with the London Fire Brigade.

The service - which employs over 300 female firefighters - wants Kate to see how they deal with fire safety in high pressure situations. 

She would also learn how to use the breathing apparatus and climb towering ladders in order to fully appreciate the role of the modern firefighter.

They also hope that the Titanic star would encourage more women to join the highly capable team of fighters.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dany Cotton - the nation's highest operational woman firefighter  - 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.

"We’d remind Kate that having a working smoke alarm and an escape plan are extremely important in cutting the risk of dying or being injured in a fire.

“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.”

Of her heroism Sir Richard said: "Many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90-year-old mum out of the main house to safety."

Photo: © Getty

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