Fire Chief of West Sussex Fire & Rescue service, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton recalls poignant past as a homeless teenager

June 9, 2020

Sabrina Cohen-Hatton is one of the highest ranking firefighters in the UK. At 37, she’s the youngest Chief Fire Officer in the country and one of only a handful of women in the role.


Throughout her career she’s blazed a trail for others to follow.


But her journey through life could have been very different. Before joining the fire service, Sabrina was homeless; a vulnerable teenager living on the streets of South Wales.


“My father died of a brain tumour when I was nine and my mum found it incredibly difficult to cope,” she recalls. “We lived in abject poverty. When I was 15 I started sleeping rough on the streets on Newport. That was a really difficult time.”


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