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15th National Training & Development weekend - 12-14 June 2015

We are delighted to announce our 15th National Training & Development weekend on 12-14 June 2015.

We are very grateful this year to have received sponsorship from Bristol Uniforms and once again tremendous support from Fire Service College.

This year we welcome Claire Harvey, team captain for Team GB women's sitting volleyball team, as our keynote speaker.

A great programme has been put together for you, so if you haven't booked ....

Don't delay, closing date is 22 May


Click to download the event flyer (pdf)

Event information

Programme for the weekend

Online booking form

Printable booking form (pdf)

Full workshop details

Notification of WFS Annual General Meeting - 14 June 2015

We hereby give notice of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting to be held at the Fire Service College on Sunday, 14 June 2015 at 09.30 hrs.

The AGM will include elections for the National Executive Committee. Please forward any nominations by email to

NEC Roles

Nomination Form

Seven Sisters South Downs Way Walk Saturday 6th June 2015

The Seven Sisters South Downs Way Walk is an event suited to all the family, with a choice of distances from 8.7mile ‘Saunter’, 15.3 mile ‘Half Hike’ to the more demanding undulating 25.3 miles.  

The routes will be over footpaths, sign posted bridleways and quiet country roads in the newly formed South Downs National Park, East Sussex.

Click here for full details.

Emergency Services Show - 23-24 September 2015 - NEC Birmingham

Come and visit us at the Emergency Services Show at the NEC, Birmingham on 23-24 September 2015.

With over 400 exhibitors and over 5,500 visitors expected, The Emergency Services Show is one of the key events for anyone involved in emergency planning, response or recovery, both in the UK and abroad.

There will be some great live demonstrations and workshops showing how the emergency services and suppliers can work better together. Fantastic products and new kit will be on display. The Emergency Response Zone offers visitors the chance to meet agencies and voluntary groups who can offer assistance to the emergency services There will be a fantastic range of free seminars offering a wide range of learning opportunities. WFS will be on stand Z136 we hope to see you there!

Further information at :

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Regional event - 20 January 2015

On 20 January 2015, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service held their ‘Support Our Staff’ regional day.  The event was well attended with 50 delegates (despite the snow!) and workshops choices included Water Rescue, Basic and Enhanced RTC workshops, Scene Safety and Trauma Care.

Summary of event

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

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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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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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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