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.
There were 248 delegates who attended the Women in the Fire Service UK’s 19th National Training & Development Event on 21-23 June. Women and men from all different roles across the sector represented their service, from firefighters, control room officers, community safety advocates, and HR administrators to business analysts.