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East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service - Regional Workshop Day on 20th January 2015

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will be holding a Regional Workshop Day 'Supporting our staff' at Maresfield Training Centre on Tuesday, 20th January 2015.  Nominal fee for non-East Sussex FRS delegates - £40.00. Poster below or for further information please contact Sharon Jakeman -

Supporting our staff poster (pdf)

Online booking form

Event information (pdf)

2 Day workshop opportunity - 9th/10th December 2014

An exciting opportunity to book a place on our 2 day workshop facilitated by Julie Johnston “It’s all about Change”

There are many changes occurring within the Fire and Rescue Service, and it is likely that this will be ongoing for years to come. A changing environment brings additional challenges, how can we stay focussed whilst dealing with uncertainty, shifting time-lines and movement of people.  Our two day workshop will look at how to effectively manage yourself through change.

Venue: Derbyshire FRS HQ              Dates: Tuesday, 9th & Wednesday, 10th December 2014

Course: "It's All About Change" facilitated by Julie Johnston                        

Course fee: £195.00                               Book your place -            

"It’s all about Change"

Review - WFS Training & Development weekend 13-15 June 2014

With over 100 delegates from 26 Fire & Rescue Services, delegates from the Police and NHS and International delegates from The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, our Training & Development weekend was a huge success.  With the excellent facilities provided at the Fire Service College delegates participated in wide range of workshops to suit operational and support staff.

Photos can be seen on our Facebook page, so join our group - WFS to view.

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2014 WFS Award presentations

At the opening ceremony of our Training & Development weekend the WFS Award Presentations was held and we were delighted to welcome Vijith Randeniya and Julie Johnston to receive their awards.  John Bonney and Mani Gilbert-King were unfortunately unable to attend and separate presentations have taken place. Our congratulations to all the 2014 Award recipients:- 

Gold Award:- John Bonney and Mani Gilbert-King

Silver Award:- Vijith Randeniya

Bronze Award:- Julie Johnston

Photos and citations

Conquering the 3 Peaks in 24 Hours Shilla Patel

WFS 3 Peaks 2014 - ShillaWhilst being inspired on a volunteer African Impact “Photography and Conservation Education” project at Thanda Game Reserve near Durban in South Africa in March I made a decision to undertake the 3 peaks challenge to raise funds for “The Happy Africa Foundation” (THAF). 

This involved walking and running with 6 fellow women up and down the 3 highest mountains in the UK, i.e. Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, all within 24 hours. 


23rd German Conference for female firefighters 6-9 November 2014

The 23rd German Conference for the Network of Female Firefighters takes place in Bochum from 6 to 9 November 2014. 

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Congratulations Dany!

Congratulations to Dany Cotton who on 12 June 2014 was awarded the ‘Women in Public Service’ Award at The First Women Awards recognising senior level business women and professionals.

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Volunteering in Uganda

Caroline Anderson from Devon & Somerset FRS has volunteered to visit Uganda in October of this year for three weeks to teach fire safety to school children and student teachers. 

The Mityana Community Foundation co-ordinate visits to the Mityana region of Uganda annually where there is a population of around 350,000 people, over 50% of which are under the age of 15. 

Our new name - Women in the Fire Service (WFS UK)

January 2014 sees a marked change to our organisation with a new name - ‘Women in the Fire Service UK'.  

For over 20 years our organisation has grown and after consulting with our members, it was felt ‘Networking Women in the Fire Service’ no longer reflected our aims and goal.  

Although there is still a level of networking involved we are more focused towards training and developing, as well as supporting.  

It will be a gradual process over the next few months to complete our name change in readiness for our relaunch at the Training & Development weekend in June.  

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