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18th National Training & Development weekend – 8-10 June 2018

The 18th Training & Development weekend took place at the Fire Service College on 8-10 June with the theme ‘Building confidence for a stronger future’ and what a fabulous weekend it was with 210 delegates attending from over 25 National Fire & Rescue Service including International delegates from The Netherlands and Sweden.

Our inspirational speakers at the Friday opening ceremony were Dany Cotton, Commissioner of London Fire Brigade and Moira Cameron, Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London.

We were delighted to present WFS Awards to Kathryn Billing (Bronze), Steve Taylor (Bronze) and Bristol Uniforms Limited (Bronze).  Congratulations to you all.

A full review of the weekend will be available soon.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the training weekend as delegates, facilitators, instructors, all the FSC staff, the WFS Team and the fire services who supported delegates attendance. 

Feedback is very important to us from delegates, instructors and facilitators.   If you did not have time to complete a feedback sheet please click below, complete form and return to womeninthefireservice@btconnect.com

 WFS Evaluation sheet

So to next year ………… confirmed dates are 21, 22, 23 June 2019, see you there!

Women’s Development Programme 

We have successfully completed two Women’s Development Programmes (Humberside Fire & Rescue Service and London Fire Brigade) facilitated by Emma and Jenny from ‘Women to Work’.

“Successfully Managing Your Work Life”

This is a great opportunity and the programme will cover the following areas:

  • Work Life Stages
  • Role Models
  • My Ideal Future
  • Values & Behaviours
  • Achievements, Strengths & Skills
  • Working Identity
  • Change & Transition
  • Personal Development Plan Reflections: Your Journey So Far
  • Focus on Planning: Life Plan, Goals & Action Plan

All delegates will be provided with a Personal Development Plan Workbook and a range of self-coaching tools to use during the workshops and in the future.  This programme will be delivered over 3 half day workshops for a maximum of 20 women.  The cost is £265.00 per delegate (£245.00 for WFS Corporate Affiliate Members)  If accommodation is required booking and payment will be the responsibility of delegates and their Fire & Rescue Services.

Those wishing to attend must have the support and be sponsored by their Fire & Rescue Service.  Authorisation will be required by email to WFS.

For more details or to book your place, please contact: Karen Smith (WFS)

If your service is interested in hosting a programme, please email contact@wfs.org.uk

Women’s Development Programme Leaflet

Email: womeninthefireservice@btconnect.com or call 01366 381237

WFS Awards 2019

Do you know a person and/or organisations that has given significant support to the WFS or has made a positive contribution to support women working within a service, and to individual women who have achieved particular success within the Fire and Rescue Service.

To find out more visit the Awards page.

Nominations can be submitted by completing this Nomination form and emailing to Karen Smith at contact@wfs.org.uk

Emergency Services Show – 20/21 September 2017

We have had two successful days attending the Emergency Services Show  at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.  It was a great opportunity to make contacts and thank you to everyone who visited our stand.  Looking forward to attending next year – 19-20 September 2018 (stand T13)