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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 workshops for Multi incident Scenarios, USAR, and Incident Command,  Be a Firefighter, Drive an appliance, Presentation skill, Self Promotion, Assertiveness, Fire Investigation, Change, Career Development, MFTA, Leadership, Voice projection and a very energetic Fitness in the Fire Service.

The weekend incorporated the WFS Awards presentations to recipients who were able to attend:- Silver to Vij Randeniya and Bronze to Julie Johnston.  Gold Awards will be presented to John Bonney and Mani Gilbert-King in due course.

A full overview of the weekend, Awards presentations and feedback will follow shortly.

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

We would of course, like to express our sincere thanks to all who supported the weekend from the Fire Service College to all the Instructors and Facilitators who willingly gave their time providing workshops and the organisations who supported them in attending.

14th Training & Development Weekend - 13-15 June 2014 at the Fire Service College













WFS have an exciting weekend planned at the Fire Service College on 13-15 June enabling delegates to experience the excellent facilities firsthand. This Training & Development weekend offers workshops to suit both operational and support roles with a theme of 'Empowering through development, moving forward together'.

Closing date extended to Friday, 30 May


Event information


Online booking form

WFS Annual General Meeting - 15 June 2014

Notification of Women in the Fire Service - Annual General Meeting

We hereby give notice of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting to be held at the Fire Service College on Sunday, 15 June 2014 at 09.30 hrs.

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

National Executive Committee - Roles

Elections - Nomination form

Seven Sisters South Downs Way Walk

Seven Sisters South Down WalkA reminder of the Seven Sisters South Downs Way Walk which 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.

Application form and further details (pdf)

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. 

News from Cambridgeshire......

Mother-of-one Janette Richards was the first female firefighter employed by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) nearly 30 years ago, and last month she celebrated her retirement from the on-call station in Cottenham.

See full press release (pdf)

My Skydive - Raising money for the Firefighters Charity

Andrea SkydiveAfter 4 months, 3 failed attempts and 3 cancellations, on Sunday 10th November I completed a 15,000ft Skydive, raising money for the Firefighters Charity. In total I raised £378! Even now, some weeks later, I cannot find the right words to describe how totally awesome the experience was ....... 

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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