WFS UK announce new airport fire members

Women in the Fire Service UK is proud to announce the addition of two first-time Corporate Members, Bristol Airport Fire and Rescue Service and the Airport Fire Officers Association (AFOA).

Bristol Airport’s Fire and Rescue Service, an industry-leading aviation Fire Service joined us as members on 20th September 2021. The Airport Fire Officers Association, a professional body who offer advice on technical issues related to Aviation Fire Fighting, joined earlier in June this year.

“We are excited to welcome these two excellent organisations to our corporate membership network. The fact that Bristol Airport Fire and Rescue Service and the Airport Fire Officers Association have chosen to join as members is testament to the unique value of being part of the WFS network. Particularly during uncertain times, with challenges for people and businesses alike, I would like to acknowledge the power of this support and look forward to future collaborations.”

Jules King, WFS Chair

“It’s great to join Women in the Fire Service, the ethos fits perfectly with our company objectives to ensure we continue to develop a culture that is inclusive and supportive for all our staff. We look forward to working with and promoting WFS to support more women into our service, and to develop as a valued member of our business.”

Matthew Kilyon, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Bristol Airport

Women in the Fire Service Vice-Chair, Caroline Anderson, presented to the AFOA Committee at the Emergency Services Show, at the NEC in Birmingham on 7th September. She spoke about the work of WFS to inspire and support women operating in Fire and Rescue Services throughout the UK. 

“Bringing brand new members to WFS confirms that Services recognise and acknowledge the importance of supporting women and the equality agenda. We are particularly excited to welcome the AFOA and Bristol Airport Fire Service as new members and to work together to bring more diversity into the sector.”

Caroline Anderson, WFS Vice-Chair

Simon Petts, AFOA Chair and Chief Fire Officer, at London Gatwick Airport is passionate about personal development. He leads one of the operational watches and has been involved in the training side of Gatwick’s operation since 1997.

“On behalf of The Airport Fire Officers Association I’d like to thank the team at Women in The Fire Service UK for giving us such an insight into the work being carried out to promote diversity in the many areas of Fire Service operations. The guidance we have already received will go to help the Aviation Fire and Rescue Sector develop our own individual services and the industry as a whole.”

Simon Petts, AFOA Chair

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