NWFS are pleased to announce the 12th National Training & Development Weekend, to be hosted by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service from Friday, 5th to Sunday, 7th October 2012
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“Have a go day” at Didcot Fire Station on Saturday 1 September 2012
Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service are holding a ‘have a go day’, the purpose of the day is to give underrepresented groups the opportunity to sample psychometric tests (entrance exams), have a go at some of the selection tests required and gain more information about becoming a fire fighter.
Please contact Jeanette Dee on 01865 855274 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Booking is essential so please call or contact Jeanette Dee to confirm a place.
Please come and support the fire service team. Sarah Baker has recently set this team up and is the first match they have arranged, it would be great to have some support for them.
The inaugural annual Tunnel 2 Towers Run (approx 5k) on Sunday, 21st October 2012 in London.
The 4th NWFS Annual Awards Ceremony took place in Eastbourne, hosted by Des Prichard Chief Fire Officer, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, and Mani Gilbert-King, Chair NWFS on 1st October 2011.
Karen Elliott was recently awarded a Certificate of Merit by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) “in recognition of outstanding commitment to equality and diversity through her leadership with Networking Women in the Fire Service”.
West Midlands Fire Service won a national award at the prestigious CIPD (Chartered Institute of People) People Management Awards ceremony that took place on 11 October 2011.
Approximately 500 HR professionals attended the event at The Brewery London, to recognise outstanding achievement in HR, people management and development. The Host for the evening, comedian Alexander Armstrong, took great pleasure in announcing this year's winners to an enthusiastic audience.
When Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service opted for a more challenging 13% equalities target for recruiting women into operational roles for 2010/11 it knew it wouldn’t be an easy task to achieve.
But with misconceptions that firefighting is a man’s job being challenged in recent years, and the introduction of a new ‘Women Can’ recruitment campaign, the Service has managed to exceed its target by 3.7%.
Lady drivers in Nottinghamshire have raised £20,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity after taking part in the Ladies’ Driving Challenge held at Newark Showground.
The event, which was hosted by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, saw over 100 participants getting behind the wheel of a range of exciting and challenging vehicles, including tractors, HGVs, Landrovers, fire engines and a tank. They each raised at least £100 in sponsorship, helping to smash last year’s total of £15,000 and giving a welcome boost to the charity.
Gill Donnell MBE, former Police Chief Superintendant in Dorset.
Gill kindly agreed to run a workshop at our recent training and development weekend in Eastbourne. Subsequently, Gill has arranged for NWFS members to have a 20% discount on all Ladycare Products, beneficial to women suffering from both the menopause and period pain.
The AFSA Diversity Challenge Annual Conference – 17th-18th November 2011 at Novotel Hotel, 1 West Quay Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO15 1RA
Running in parallel with our T&D Weekend, another workshop was taking place. On Sunday 2nd October, college students attending the Uniformed and Public Services course at Sussex Downs College were given the opportunity to attend ESFRS Training Centre to take part in a challenging and action packed day.
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The challenge is to drive a wide variety of weird and wonderful vehicles! Each Ladies Driving Challenge is unique. To take control of the wheel for a day (without the interruption of the usual back seat driver in your life!), all we ask is that you pay a £10 registration fee and raise a minimum amount of sponsorship.
8th March, West Midlands Fire Academy, “Something Big”
Over 100 delegates attended our first Interagency Networking Event. Our partners were West Midlands Fire Service, British Women in Policing, Home Office Women and the Ambulance Service. The day included workshops covering coaching, leadership, domestic violence & arranged marriage, "be a firefighter", teambuilding, abseiling, faith awareness, multi agency decision making, stress & well being and personal protection.
The Brigade celebrated International Women’s Day on Thursday, 17 March 2011. ‘Fairness’ and Networking Women in the Fire Service support groups hosted a one day event with the theme of ‘Celebrating 100 years of Women’s Achievements’.
The day included speakers, interactive exercises aimed at developing team building techniques and leadership skills, as well as a variety of workshops.
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service ran a Managing Diversity event in association with Asian Fire Services Association and Networking Women in the Fire Service. Subject covered were, the benefits of networks and support groups, the tools for managing diversity, the value of coaching, the business case for diversity, and how to effectively manage inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
Networking Women in the Fire Service's 10th National Training and Development event was recently held at Tyne and Wear's purpose built HQ & Training Centre in Newcastle, with sponsorship from the North East Regional Management Board and Draegar. The theme for the event was "Unlock Your Potential"
The 3rd NWFS Awards Ceremony took place at Gateshead Civic Centre on 1st October 2010, with sponsorship from Draeger and the North East Regional Management Board. Amongst those receiving awards were Gill McManus of CLG, Chris Taylor (Lancs FRS) Vicky Shakesby (Humberside FRS) and Jackie Adams-Bonitto (London FB). Mani Gilbert-King is pictured left with the recipients and Greg Barber of Draeger.
There was some fantastic feedback from delegates attending this event. Here are just a few of the comments:
Over 70 delegates attended Networking Women in the Fire Service AGM and Women’s Development Day on Thursday 12 November 2009. The event, generously hosted by the West Midlands Fire Service, offered practical workshops, personal development seminars and the opportunity to network with people from Fire Services all over the country.
Having accomplished the Sub 24hour 3 peaks challenge in 2007 & 2008, NWFS members looked for a new, and somewhat wetter, challenge.
Members are often questioned and criticised for organising women only events, in an effort to support members in dealing with these challenges, NWFS has produced a statement explaining the rationale, detailing the benefits and positive outcomes of such events.
Having accomplished the Sub 24hour 3 peaks challenge last year, NWFS members looked for a new, and somewhat wetter, challenge.
Following the successful positive action events in Ely, Cambridgeshire, the team are now planning to head off to Brighton, between 6-9 October to assist East Sussex FRS in their have a go days.
A series of stamps has been released by the Royal Mail highlighting the danger of being a firefighter.