Our Women in the Fire Service UK Awards 2020 honoured remarkable individuals who have developed, encouraged and reinforced the role of women in the sector. Winners and runners-up in seven categories were selected from over 50 candidates across the UK. Below are their stories, which showcase their work towards equalities advancement, and their passion for community, and team spirit.Continue reading “Fire awards recognise equalities champions”
Last month we were proud to be involved with the #VisibleWikiWomen campaign organised by not-for-profit, Whose Knowledge. The initiative aims to give notable women the visibility and acknowledgment they deserve on Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia). To reach that goal, Whose Knowledge reach out to many organisations to participate, including women’s and feminist organizations.Continue reading “Improving online visibility of fire women”
Rebecca Meachin is the Women in the Fire Service Local Representative for Nottinghamshire, and has been a Firefighter at Stapleford Fire Station for the past two years. We were thrilled when Bec took on the role as a local rep in January. It was after attending the WFS training and development event in 2019 that she was inspired to get more involved.Continue reading “New role for Women in the Fire Service Rep”
Mandeep Bharaj attended the Women in the Fire Service national training and development event last year, and is a Business Analyst and Firefighter at West Midlands Fire Service. She is also a member of Inspire WMFS support network. And if you missed out on the viral video they released on social media recently, it’s definitely worth watching!Continue reading “Adapting to change as a Firefighter”
Women in the Fire Service UK have been involved in a number of humanitarian projects. In 2018 representatives from WFS and charity Fire Aid sent a team to work on behalf of the United Nations International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in South Sudan.Continue reading “Report recommends ‘scalds and burns’ campaign for women, new mothers, and schools”
We want to shine a light on our members—to tell their stories and highlight their achievements. Because we’re really proud of the skills that exist in our membership and grateful to those who help to support our work with yearly contributions.
This month we showcase Amy Down, who joined as a member of Women in the Fire Service in 2019.
Nominations are now open for the Women in the Fire Service UK Awards 2020. The awards, which began in 2008, now have a brand new format.
Women in the Fire Service UK has launched a jobs board to highlight opportunities in the fire and rescue sector. As a result, the site allows employers who are corporate members to post current vacancies for free.
We wanted to celebrate and thank all our corporate members for their year-long commitment in 2019, which were very grateful for. Corporate members support means we can advance our programmes, develop our events and continue our research project into education for girls.
Our WFS Patron, Dany, officially steps down from her position at London Fire Brigade on 31 December after 32 years of dedicated service.
Dany has been on our National Executive Committee for 19 years and we are honoured she has served as a committed Vice-Chair, Chair, and Patron during that time.