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Kirsty Hornby with her crown after winning the National Elite Miss 2015 beauty contest. Photo by Anthony Bradshaw.
Crowned Elite
A firefighter at our Service has been crowned the winner of a national competition after she decided to enter it to dispel assumptions surrounding stereotypes.
Judges were inspired by Firefighter Kirsty Hornby’s speech during the competition in which she talked about her extensive community work with local young people as a firefighter and her charity efforts. They were also impressed with her level of fitness, achieved through training as a firefighter, as well as through her body building.
The 28-year-old, who is based at Huyton, won the category for 20 to 30-year-olds at the National Elite Miss 2015 pageant in Blackpool and was also crowned National Elite FOS Swimwear Model 2015 on the day.
She took part in the competition as a new challenge and to dispel stereotypes of female firefighters and body builders.
“I got into training to become a firefighter and that is how I got into body building. I have taken part in body building competitions before but this was my first beauty pageant. When I heard my name announced on the night
I was really shocked.”
During the competition she also won best fashion wear
and best interview, after impressing judges with an
overview of her career as a firefighter.
Kirsty said: “I entered as something to try before I am 30-years-old, and to prove to myself I can be girly and glam regardless of the stereotypical image sometimes associated with being a firefighter or body builder.
She started her work with young people as a Prince’s Trust volunteer in 2007, before being taken on by the Prince’s Trust Team at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service in 2008 and eventually became a firefighter in 2011.
As a firefighter Kirsty has worked extensively with schools in St Helens, especially around the awareness of road safety and fire safety. She hopes to use her beauty queen title to fundraise for charity and promote the work of our Service.
As a qualified personal trainer, Kirsty is planning to hold boot camps for young people in aid of the brain injury support charity, Headway East Kent.
She said: “I really love my job as a firefighter, I love fitness training and I think it would be great to use my qualifications as a training instructor to raise funds for charity.
“I just feel really proud to have won the competition.
I really want to use it as an opportunity to show the diversity of firefighters and to highlight the work we do.”
The event was held on July 18.
Ladder Rescue
Firefighters rescued a man and a dog after a fire started in a flat which had no working smoke alarms.
Our Service was called at 4.30am on a Monday to near Exmouth Street, Birkenhead. A passer-by spotted the fire.
Firefighters used a ladder to rescue a man from a first floor window of a building. The man was checked by paramedics at the scene.
Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a high pressure hose to extinguish the fire.
Station Manager Andy Houghton said: “Firefighters were quickly on scene and rescued a man from the first floor of the building using a short extension ladder.
“Firefighters also rescued a dog from the building, extinguished the fire and checked no-one else was inside the building.
“The actions of the firefighters at the scene prevented the fire from spreading to other floors in the building. An investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.
“In line with our general fire safety advice, we advise people to have working smoke alarms on each level of their home.”
The dog was safely lowered to the ground from the first floor by firefighters.
The fire was extinguished by 5.40am. Three fire appliances attended the call-out on July 20.
Firefighter Kirsty Hornby in her fire kit, which she wore when she took part in a charity fun run. Photo by Lyndsay Young.

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