One of the most senior firefighters in the UK is sharing her experience of rough sleeping to change their attitudes to homelessness.
Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, who starts her new job as head of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service in September, was made homeless as a teenager.
Sabrina and her family experienced extreme poverty after her father died when she was nine-years-old.
By the age of 15, she was homeless and was sleeping rough on the streets of Newport in Wales.
After working 12-hour days selling the Big Issue, Sabrina moved to a flat and joined the fire service.
She would like to urge people not to judge others who are homeless.
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Despite Sabrina having no qualifications, the fire service took her "on the strength of who they believed [she] could be."
This positive attitude is something she wishes to encourage in the public.
Her appointment as head of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has increased female representation in the force.
She said: "There are actually very few women chief fire officers in the country. Until I was appointed, there were actually more chief fire officers called Chris than there were women chiefs!"