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 ...............
2017 Training & Development Weekend - 16, 17 & 18 June 2017 at the Fire Service College - make a note in your diary!
Come and visit us at the Emergency Services show (NEC, Birmingham) Stand T34
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 0900-1730 and Thursday, 22 September 2016 0900-1600
We look forward to seeing you!
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
Jim Gilbert (Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service)
Shilla Patel (Babcock International)
Lee Joss (Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service)
Jan Dyer (Compass Group FSC)
Congratulations to all our worthy recipients!
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.
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.
Well done to the all women's team 'Siren Sisters' who came 11th at the UKFSC Sailing Championships in April 2016. Great result!
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!
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 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!
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
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:
To find out more about Minds Blue Light Programme please visit