Women in the fire service firing up future careers

In January, Women in the Fire Service ran the first ‘WFS Futures’ online event, ‘Introduction to the Fire and Rescue Service’. Nearly forty members of the public joined the session to seek advice and tips on future fire sector careers. The event was a positive action event, specifically aimed at groups of people currently under-represented in the Service.

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WFS development event helps energise and focus

Woman driving a red fire appliance

Gail Read, 56, joined West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) in 2006 as an Administrator. She has held roles as Vulnerable Person Officer and Community Risk Reduction Officer; she now works in Prevention in the Partnerships and Vulnerability Team. Gail attended the Women in the Fire Service National Training and Development Event last June at The Fire Service College.

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WFS Northwest Region embrace first development event

On Friday, 7th October Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre supported and hosted an event ‘Embrace the pace of your own journey’, organised by Women in the Fire Service (WFS) Regional Rep, Jenny Nangle. It was the first-ever training and development event from the WFS Northwest Region. Jon Charters, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, opened the event and it was supported by Group Manager – Corporate Programme & Intelligence and Women and Families Chair, Tom Powell.

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New partnership to progress aspirational fire sector careers 

Women in the Fire Service are thrilled to be in partnership with Fire Knowledge in an alliance focused on developing diverse, talented and motivated workforces. We have committed to supporting the Practice to Progress Fire Partnership (P2P Fire) through the provision of highly skilled and passionate coaches from our network. They will take on the role of P2P Assessors, supporting selection and career progression coaching.  

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New Member Spotlight: Meet Selina

Woman smiling at the driving wheel of a fire appliance

We love to meet our individual members, learn about and share their stories on what inspires them in their personal lives and in the workplace. Selina Blain is Operational Admin Support in the Operational Policy and Assurance Department based at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre. In June this year, Selina joined us as an Individual Member, a ‘Super Supporter’ after experiencing her first WFS National Training and Development Event as a delegate.

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Role Models Inspire Others to Think Bigger

Group of delegates together on the incident training ground

We were thrilled to celebrate our National Training and Development Event, 10th-12th June 2022, marking the 20th for Women in the Fire Service (WFS). The first in-person national event since 2019, the theme was ‘See it, be it – role models for the future’. The event was supported and sponsored by our main sponsor MSA Bristol, and Draeger and Skills for Justice Awards (SFJ Awards).

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