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WFS 16th National Training & Development Weekend - 17-19 June 2016

NWFS Event FlyerWe are excited to announce our 16th National Training & Development weekend hosted by the Fire Service College will be held on 17-19 June 2016.

Finalised details for the event, programme, workshop outlines and booking form are all below.

Our keynote speaker, Sally Sheen is a former Chief Executive of the Fire Service College and is currently leading on the people and culture aspects of a radical transformation programme for the police. 

Enquiries can be directed to Karen Smith at

Notification of the Annual General Meeting for Women in the Fire Service (WFS UK)

We hereby give notice of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting to be held at the Fire Service College on Sunday, 19 June 2016 at 09.30 hrs.

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


National Executive Committee Vacancies

Job description of Treasurer


South East Regional Development Day - a fantastic day for delegates

A fantastic day was had by all at the South East Regional Development Day, organised by the ESFRS Professional Women's Group on 12 April 2016.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer & Chief Executive Gary Walsh welcomed delegates to Maresfield Training Centre and thanked the PWG for their hard work in organising the day.

CFO Walsh also welcomed Detective Chief Superintendent Rachel Bacon of Sussex Police who gave an inspirational insight on her progression in Sussex Police.

Full review of event

UKFSC Sailing Championships April 2016

Well done to the all women's team 'Siren Sisters' who came 11th at the UKFSC Sailing Championships in April 2016. Great result!

Publicity article

Meet the team - Louise Brown (HR Advisor)

Hi everyone, I’m Louise and I’ve been part of WFS for about 4 years now and my main role is to advise on HR matters. This covers a multitude of things but I wouldn’t change a thing!

As part of my role I give advice on employment law and policy matters but I’ve also given HR advice to individuals in the Fire & Rescue Service when needed. Supporting each other is what WFS is about and as a collective we always try and help where we can. Joining WFS happened very quickly for me and I was given a substantial nudge by one of my good friends who was a Vice Chair at the time. I took the plunge and put my name forward for the HR position and found myself utterly terrified to be actually voted in. Initially I was a bit apprehensive because I was concerned it would take up too much time, but really I was nervous in case I wasn’t able to contribute – i.e. I lacked confidence! I can honestly say that joining WFS was one of my best ever decisions, I’ve been involved in some wonderful development opportunities. An example of this is when I wrote and delivered a session at the Training & Development weekend called ‘Crucial Conversations’. I would have never been able to do this 5 years ago but when surrounded by WFS members it gave me the confidence to give it a chance and I’m so glad I did. I also learnt a valuable lesson – make sure you don’t leave the room at the events management meetings or you may end up delivering a session! 

Most Influential Woman in Fire Congratulations Dany!

Huge congratulations to Dany Cotton (Assistant Commissioner LFB/WFS Chair) winner of the ‘Most Influential Woman in Fire’ award at the Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards 2015 sponsored by FIRE on Friday, 4 December 2015. 

This was a new award for 2015 where ‘The winner will demonstrate the highest standard of service, making an individual contribution that has advanced the work of the Fire and Rescue Service over the last 12 months’.

To see full details of all the great women nominated

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service appoints first ever female Chief Fire Officer - Becci Bryant

Staffordshire FRS have just announced the appointment of the UK’s first-ever female Chief Fire Officer, Becci Bryant who has risen through the ranks.

A great achievement - WFS are delighted for Becci and send their congratulations!

CTIF International Commission of Women in the Fire and Rescue Services

As representative of WFS at the Fire Sector Federation, Nicola Lown attends CTIF (International Association of Fire and Rescue Services) meeting and hosts the group on their visit to London.

The Commission’s goals are to attract more women into the profession and improve conditions for those already employed in Fire and Rescue Services by sharing best practice between countries

Essex signs up to Mind's Blue Light Pledge

On Friday 23 October Essex County Fire & Rescue Service hosted a health and wellbeing event: Positive Approach to Mental Wellbeing.

As a key stakeholder, WFS was invited to have a stand and Anne Waters delivered a presentation on how "support in the workplace can reduce stress and improve wellbeing’.

The morning included a marketplace style set up, with attendance from Fitness, HR and Learning and Development teams as well as the Firefighter's Charity, the Fire Brigades Union and local mental health services.

At the event, the Essex Fire Authority officially signed the Mind Blue Light Pledge, showing their commitment to support those who experience mental health conditions and fight the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace.

To read more about the event:

Positive approach to Mental Wellbeing Event

To find out more about Minds Blue Light Programme please visit


Review of 15th National Training & Development weekend held on 12-14 June at the Fire Service College

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.


WFS Award Presentations 2015

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


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