London Fire Brigade

Firefighter Debbie adds flight commander role to CV

11 December 2015

Firefighter Debbie Young recently completed an Reserve Army Officer training course making her a Second Lieutenant and a combat role of Flight Commander.

Debbie's many daunting tasks will include leading ground troops in support of Apache attack helicopters.

She will serve in the army part-time and continue serving as a firefighter at Hendon blue watch, where she has been based since she joined the Brigade nearly 14 years ago.

The Reserves can be called up to work alongside the regulars on both overseas and domestic operations, such as in Afghanistan, but the army does not intend to deploy a reservist on a long-term operation more than once in any five year period.  

Debbie Young is pictured with Assistant Commissioner Dominic Ellis

'A longstanding dream'

Debbie said the army officer training course was one of the most demanding yet rewarding times of her life.

Debbie said: "It is great to be settling back in to my duties on the blue watch at Hendon and I have had a lot of support from the whole station.

"I have learned and developed many transferrable skills that I look forward to utilising now back in the Brigade, such as teamwork, determination, leadership and remaining calm under pressure.

"Being awarded the Queen's Commission in front of my family and friends was an extremely proud moment.

"It has been a long road of studying and selection boards, culminating in an extremely tough course at Sandhurst, but it was also the realisation of a longstanding dream and I am very much look forward to taking up my army position."

The course was completed at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.