The Heat of the Moment author Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has been a firefighter for 18 years – a career defined by not only life-threatening experiences, but also by male stereotypes. Here she explains how she rose the top of her astonishing career, and why we need to look beyond gender in the fire service.
Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has been a firefighter since she was eighteen years old. She is now a Chief Fire Officer and one of the most senior female firefighters in the UK. After leaving home at fifteen and school at sixteen, she joined the fire service in Wales. While climbing the ranks, she studied at the Open University and then at Cardiff University, eventually completing a PhD in Psychology. Her subsequent research into incident command in the emergency services has not only won awards but has also influenced policy at a global level. Sabrina was recently conferred as an Honorary Fellow at Cardiff University. She lives with her husband and daughter in London.