Antarctic Fire Angels are six firefighters from London Fire Brigade (LFB) and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS). They have their sights set on being the first emergency service team to ski coast across Antarctica. All this and on a route never done before by an all-female team.
One of the big moments for us on social media this year was sparked by Esme, the four-year-old girl who thought only boys could be firefighters. She hadn’t seen any women firefighters, so thought she couldn’t be one.
“In March 2019 the three of us headed out to Tajikistan with a team from Staffordshire Emergency Services Humanitarian Aid Association (SESHAA). Ron, Matt and Paul from SESHAA taught the male firefighters at the fire stations. And we taught the women in a purpose built building, designed for USAR Training. Imagine a very grand building covered in marble, yet with no running water or electricity which made things interesting!”
We are pleased to announce that Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in the West Midlands has become a new Corporate Member of Women in the Fire Service UK (WFS) – in a year-long commitment which will forge closer links between the organisations.
Lisa Howsden is a Community Fire Risk Management Information System Administrator in the Fire Engineering Department at Cleveland Fire Brigade. She is also the new Cleveland Local Representative for Women in the Fire Service UK.
Photographer Anita Corbin has created a unique collection of 100 portraits of 21st-century women – celebrating those who have pushed boundaries to achieve ambitions in their field. The 10-year project includes trailblazer and Patron of Women in the Fire Service UK, Dany Cotton.
Dany, Chief Commissioner of London Fire Brigade is well-known and admired for showing what can be achieved if we challenge ourselves and the society we live in.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) will run a second ‘It Starts With You’ development day at their Service Training Centre in Maresfield on Thursday 7 November 2019. The themes for the development day include unconscious bias, the importance of language and what inclusion means to the Fire Service.
‘It Starts With You’ is organised by ESFRS Gender Inclusion Network, a women’s network which aims to encourage equality, inspire positive change, and create an inclusive working environment.
Hear from Dr Sab Cohen-Hatton, Chief Fire Officer, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
Interview techniques for interviewees and decision-makers
Hear from speakers including WFS Chair, Julie King, on why communication matters
Discover the power of mentoring with The Girls Network
Intro to Incident Command workshop for ops and non-ops delegates
There are thirty free places available on a first-come, first-served basis, open to all fire and rescue service staff in any role. The cost for those from other services is £45 per person.