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The 24th Conference of Network of Female Firefighters Germany - 3 - 6 November 2016

The 24th Conference of the Network of Female Firefighters Germany takes place in Lingen from 3 - 6 November 2016. 

WFS have a free ticket available which includes the conference fee, meals and 100 € towards travel costs. The conference takes place from 3 - 6 November in Lingen, Germany (near Münster). Information about the conference can be found at 

If you are interested please contact Karen Smith via email at or by phone 01366 381237 - a quick response is required!

Dany Cotton - Appointment as Interim London Fire Commissioner

Huge congratulations to Dany Cotton, Chair of WFS who has been appointed as Interim London Fire Commissioner.

Dany, who is currently Director of Safety and Assurance at London Fire Brigade, will take over the running of London’s fire and rescue service  from 1 January 2017.

Announcement from London Fire Bridge

2017 National Training & Development weekend - Date confirmed

The 2017 National Training & Development weekend will be held on 16, 17 and 18 June at the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Planning for the event will begin soon and updates will be posted as details are confirmed.

As always we like to have as many women volunteer instructors as possible.  If you are interested please contact Karen Smith at giving details on the areas you are able to instruct.

In the meantime, put the date in your diary and let others know in your fire & rescue service.


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

The 16th National Training & Development weekend held at the Fire Service College held on 17-19 June 2016 was a huge success where WFS welcomed 139 delegates from over 30 national Fire & Rescue Services and International delegates from Australia, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland.

Delegates enjoyed the benefit of excellent facilities at the FSC with a wide range of workshops for operational and classroom based.  Read more ...............


WFS Awards 2016

The presentations of the 2016 WFS Awards took place on Friday 17th June at the opening ceremony for the Training & Development weekend at the Fire Service College.

Dany Cotton, Chair of WFS expressed her delight at the presenting the following awards 

Silver Award

Jim Gilbert (Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service) 

Shilla Patel (Babcock International)

Lee Joss (Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service)

Bronze Award

Jan Dyer (Compass Group FSC)

Congratulations to all our worthy recipients!

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

The WFS Annual General Meeting was held at the Fire Service College on Sunday, 19 June 2016.  The Elections of the National Executive Committee took place and a full report will be available shortly.

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! 

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

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

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