One of London’s first black firefighters gets long service’ award
ONE of London’s first black firefighters has been presented with a Long Service award by the Fire Commissioner after 20 years serving in East London. Leslie Bowman quit a secure office job to join the London Fire Brigade in 1989
ONE of London's first black firefighters has been presented with a Long Service award by the Fire Commissioner after 20 years serving in East London.
Leslie Bowman quit the comforts of a secure office job to join the London Fire Brigade in 1989.
"I was a bit anxious as I was one of the few black firefighters joining the Brigade at that time," he recalls. "I had a good nine-to-five office job, but wanted to do something more for the community."
Les has been assigned to several fire stations in his 20 years, including Whitechapel, Barking and now Kingsland in Dalston where he is station manager. He also spent five years in the Brigade's Southwark HQ promoting equality and diversity.
You may also want to watch:
"One day I can be tackling fire in a garage full of gas cylinders and another be visiting people's homes checking their fire alarms," he added.
"I wouldn't have imagined 20 years ago going into schools to encourage girls to consider becoming firefighters. But now London has more than 200 women firefighters."
- 1 Luxury Canary Wharf flats going for lower rent set by the council
- 2 Driver, 18, wanted for driving wrong way through Blackwall Tunnel
- 3 Isle of Dogs man who murdered teenager at Crossharbour DLR sentenced to 27 years
- 4 Fines totalling £361k handed to East End landlords and agents
- 5 Man charged after triple stabbing on night bus in Mile End
- 6 Man killed after fall from Bow tower block
- 7 Barts Health NHS Trust reports one of lowest rates of vaccinated staff
- 8 Go-ahead given for 315 more homes in third stage of Blackwall Reach scheme
- 9 Road and rail disruptions to expect in east London this week
- 10 Man found stabbed on board night bus
Leslie was presented with his award by Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson at a ceremony at the brigade's Southwark training centre.