We had two very successful days attending the Emergency Services Show, 23/24 September. The show gave us a great opportunity to engage with representatives from other organisations, sharing information about WFS events, training and other potential avenues for partnership working.
Hertfordshire's Jules Hawkins, Regional Rep for the East, did a great job welcoming visitors to the WFS stand on both days; supported by Dany Cotton (Chair), Anne Waters (Treasurer), Jules Gilbert-King (Vice-Chair L&D), Caroline Anderson (Vice-Chair, Projects) and Nicola Lown (Regional Support Manager).
Thanks to all who came to visit us, we made some excellent new contacts and were also delighted to catch up with many old friends and supporters.
Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been postponed until next year.
A new date will be advertised in due course.
The 15th National Training & Development event took place at the Fire Service College on 12-14 June with sponsorship from Bristol Uniforms. WFS welcomed 114 delegates from 30 Fire & Rescue Services.
The 2015 WFS Award Presentations took place on Friday, 12 June at the Fire Service College.
Congratulations to the following recipients:-
Neil Withers – Ex London Fire Brigade
Linda Boar – Ex Essex Fire & Rescue Service
Peter Dartford – CFO Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service
Sharon Jakeman – East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
Sarah Warnes – West Midlands Fire Service
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
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.