Remembering Fleur Lombard: 20 years since young firefighter was killed on duty

The Avon Fire and Rescue Service are paying tribute to firefighter Fleur Lombard on the 20th anniversary of her death.

The 21-year-old was killed in a supermarket fire in Staple Hill in Bristol in 1996.

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Fire service pay tribute to female firefighter 20 years after her death

The Avon Fire and Rescue Service are paying tribute to firefighter Fleur Lombard today, on the 20th anniversary of her death.

The 21-year-old was killed in a supermarket fire in Staple Hill in Bristol in 1996.

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Fleur was the only female firefighter to die on duty in peacetime Britain.

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Serving and former staff will attend the ceremony where a wreath will be laid at her memorial, and a minute's silence will be held in her memory.

Chief Fire Officer Kevin Pearson explains the poignancy of the service.

On Thursday 4 February 1996 Avon Fire Brigade, as the organisation was then known, was called to reports of a serious fire in Leo’s supermarket in the Staple Hill area.

Tragically the fire claimed the life of 21 year-old Fleur, who at the time was one of only eight women employed by Avon Fire Brigade. Every year since Fleur’s death our staff mark the anniversary and there is no doubt in my mind that she will ever be forgotten.

– Kevin Pearson
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