Workshop Outlines

Please read carefully all the workshop outlines before you make your selection on the booking form (changes may not be possible after you have submitted your form). Please select your workshops in preference order of 1-6.  From your selection of workshops you will receive 3 to attend over the weekend.  Some workshops have limited spaces so you are not guaranteed all of your first 3 choices but we will endeavour to allocate at least one.


For Operational personnel only: –


1. Multi Incident Scenario 

Instructors:  WFS/Fire Service College Operational personnel only
Location: Fire ground Saturday All day (09:00-17:00)
This is a whole day’s experience, making full use of the college’s extensive fire ground facilities. Incidents may involve domestic premises, industrial and basement scenarios in multi pump exercises.  Delegates will demonstrate their situational awareness and gain a good understanding of the factors that are likely to influence the way they make decisions.  Pump crews will be designated according to ability and experience; therefore, delegates will be asked to state their level of operational experience at the time of booking.  If you are new in role or thinking about progression, then this workshop is for you.

Please note: Delegates must attend the BA familiarisation on the Friday afternoon and supply their own PPE in order attend this session on the Saturday.


2. Dynamic Situational Awareness & Operational Decision Making 

Facilitator: Dr Katherine Lamb, Incident Command Training and Assessment Operational personnel only
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hr session
Assertive, effective and safe all hazards commanders. A Commander who has all these qualities will be dynamic, reactive and balanced, happy to make decisions and lead the incident.

But what makes somebody an effective commander? How should you develop and nurture those skills?

I will discuss scenario-based command training which develops and importantly maintains these command competencies. During the session we will discuss some case studies and videos as a group, allowing commanders to develop their skills in a safe environment.  This workshop is applicable for incident commanders and those aspiring to command.


3. Road Traffic Collision (RTC)

Instructors:  Robin Whittington, FSC/Sian Nortcliffe SYFRS Operational personnel only
Location: Fire ground Sunday – 2.5 hr session
A practical RTC session for operational delegates, where they can work through the 6 phases of RTC. Delegates will utilise a wide range of equipment and techniques including Edraulic tools.  Please note: Delegates must attend the RTC familiarisation on the Friday afternoon and supply their own PPE, including eye protection.

4. Advanced Trauma

Facilitator:  Jason Sadler, Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust Operational personnel only
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hr session
A fantastic opportunity to further expand your knowledge around Spinal injuries, this will be a very practical session, starting with the ‘theory and mechanism’ around spinal injuries and moving onto using a wide range of ‘immobilisation’ equipment currently used by NHS Ambulance Services. This will be for ‘familiarisation only’


For Fire Control personnel only: –


5. From headsets to helmets

Instructor: Sean Coltress, LFB Open to Control personnel only
Location: Fire ground/classroom Saturday – choose either all day or half day (3 hr session)
The sessions will allow for a classroom based understanding of the operational workshop, allowing for discussion followed by shadowing and observing the operational workshops in progress.  After each workshop there will be an opportunity to debrief what has been observed.  Following the afternoon session there will be a chance to discuss with L3 &4/Gold & Silver Commanders the whys and wherefores of operational command.

 For all delegates: –


6. Fire Behaviour

Instructors:  WFS/Fire Service College Open to all delegates
Location: Fire ground Saturday – 3 hr session
Ever wanted to see how a fire develops?  Join us in our fire behaviour unit and gain an understanding of the characteristics, development, and behaviour of a compartment fire.  You will see first-hand the typical combustion process within a fire compartment and the contribution to fire development provided by the elements of the structure.  Whilst wearing breathing apparatus you will sit within the compartment whilst listening to a running commentary from experienced training staff.  You will also have the opportunity to observe from a safe position the characteristics and effects of flashover and a backdraft.  This workshop is open to both operational and non-operational staff.  Please note: Non ops delegates must attend a kit fitting session on Friday afternoon.

7. Urban Search And Rescue (USAR)

Instructor: Jim Gilbert Open to all delegates
Location: Fire ground Saturday – 3 hr session & Sunday – 2.5 hr session
This workshop is open to all delegates and is partly classroom based, giving an insight into the UK’s USAR capability.  It is followed by a practical demonstration by the search and rescue dogs and delegates, if they choose, will have an opportunity to take part and be the live casualty.  This will involve wearing Personal Protective Equipment and crawling through tunnels and small spaces into the heart of the rubble pile to experience the incident first hand.

8. Incident Command

Facilitators: Serena Benassi, LFB/Gina Gray, Hampshire FRS Open to all delegates
Location: SIM Suite Saturday – 3 hr session
Following some Incident Command input, delegates have the opportunity to play out scenarios in the Fire Service College Simulation Suite and test leadership capability, making key decisions about actions to be taken to ensure that the situation and casualties are managed effectively and safely.  Scenarios are available at all levels; no experience of Incident Command is required.


9. Be a Firefighter

Instructors: Jon Robbins/Verona Clarke, LFB Open to all delegates
Location: Fire ground Saturday – 3 hr session
This is a 3-hour experience giving delegates an opportunity “to have a go” at many aspects of the role of the firefighter. Once donned in fire kit you can ride on the fire engine to attend incidents and deal with a variety of challenges including search and rescue in a safe air environment wearing breathing apparatus.  This is a practical session where you will be able to get your hands on kit, work on the fire ground and experience team building exercises out on the fire ground.  Please note: PPE kit will be provided and delegates must attend a kit fitting session on Friday afternoon.

10. Drive an appliance

Instructor: Neil Withers Open to all delegates
Location: Fire ground Saturday – 3 hr session & Sunday – 2.5 hr session
Here is your chance to test your driving skills at the wheel of the fire appliance.  Always a popular and thrilling experience!

11. Abseiling

Facilitators:  Devon & Somerset FRS Open to all delegates
Location: Fire ground Saturday – 3 hr session
This is an opportunity to gain an understanding of some of the incidents and rescues carried out by our specialist rescue teams.  The experienced instructors will talk you through the equipment and give you the opportunity to abseil down the tower.  If you have never tried it but have always wanted to, this is your chance

12. Coaching for your personal/professional development, confidence and emotional resilience

Facilitators: Jenny Pollock/Emma Shute (Women to work) Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hr session & Sunday – 2.5 hr session
Join Jenny and Emma for a highly interactive and practical workshop.You will be introduced to coaching, what it is and how it can be helpful professionally and personally. You’ll then be able to think about how coaching and/or mentoring is relevant to you before being given the opportunity to discover and try out a range of creative coaching exercises and tools to help you look at your work and life in a new way. You will be introduced to tools to help with confidence, decision making, emotional resilience, time management, dealing with challenging situations, and more. You’ll have the chance to try them out and work on something that could make a real difference to you right now.

Delegates will leave the session with:

·         An understanding of coaching and how it can be helpful professionally and personally

·         An idea of how coaching and/or mentoring might be relevant to them now and in the future, whether they see themselves as a Coach/Mentor and/or a Coachee/Mentee

·         A range of coaching tools that best fit their own needs

·         A practical individual coaching experience for personal/professional development

·         The memory of a positive, practical and fun experience


13. Fire Investigation

Facilitator:  Matt Jones, South Wales FRS Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hr session
In this workshop delegates will get an overview of Fire Investigation, covering Matt’s 15 years as a Fire Investigation Officer and Fire Investigation Dog Handler, which have some funny and touching stories.  Followed by a case study of the Cwmbran tragedy, which resulted in 3 generations from the same family being murdered.

14. Large Animal Rescue

Facilitator:  Jim Green Hampshire FRS Open to all delegates
Location: Outside Saturday – 3 hour session
 An opportunity to learn more about Animal Rescue where specialised training and equipment is essential to protect firefighters. The workshop will be an external interactive session allowing delegates to fully understand the hazards and work to safely manage incidents associated with:

  • Large animals in distress and the additional influences which will affect decision making
  • Smaller animals (and their owners) at RTC’s.

As this will be outdoors please bring either full PPE or suitable clothing……you may get muddy!


15. Be a Fire Control Operator

Facilitator: Jessica Grayson, South Yorkshire FRS Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hr session
‘What is Fire Control’ – this is an opportunity to find out.  The aims of the workshop are to:·         Listen to recorded 999 calls from various Fire Services including some fire survival guidance calls

·         Answering simulated fire calls and mobilising to them using the Systel training system

·         Using the hand held radios to receive informative messages from the simulated fire ground and adding them to the incident log

This workshop is open to all delegates and will give an understanding into what Fire Control do and how crews are mobilised to an incident.


16. Menopause

Facilitator:  Tanith Lee Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hr session
Hear Tanith’s story on discovering at the age of 38 she was starting the menopause and why she created Mrs Menopause.

·         Understand the what and why of menopause

·         Why do women get symptoms?

·         How it can affect women in the workplace (operational/non-operational).

·         Discover the new menopause mindset

·         Debunk the common menopause myths

·         Understand the different ways to support a women during this time

·         Diet, exercise and what really works

·         Time for discussion and questions

Women will leave with a clear understanding of the menopause. Create an action plan of how to move forward whether it’s being prepared for or dealing with symptoms. Feel more connected to their body. Feel hopeful and more positive about the midlife change. Confident about how to ask for their needs to be met at work and at home


17. Stress Less

Facilitator: Alexis Powell-Howard MA., System Prac., BACP (Accred) – Fortis Therapy Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hrs session
During this workshop you will understand: –

·          How stress and anxiety affect us and our brain

·         Why we react the way we do – feelings & behaviours

·         Identifying triggers and coping mechanisms

·         Spot signs of stress in your teams and colleagues

·         Consider the organisational context & culture and the impact on behaviour

·         Take home actionable tools and strategies to support staff, managers and self


18. Mental Health – improve, increase and learn more about early signs & symptoms

Facilitator:  Rayna Warriner from Premier Life Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hr session
This workshop focuses on raising awareness and understanding of the most common mental health disorders. In addition to learning how to recognise early signs and symptoms, delegates receive practical tools and strategies to support themselves and individual members of their teams and others they work with.

Objectives/outcome

·         What is Mental Health?

·         Definition of stress, anxiety and depression

·         Early signs and symptoms

·         Why understanding and addressing mental health is important

·          Identifying the main mental health conditions, their symptoms and treatment

·         Understanding the impact on individuals and what the triggers are

·         What are the barriers in dealing with mental health at work?

·         An opportunity to work in small groups

·         A chance to explore the most appropriate coping strategies for the individual and the workplace

·         Tool kit and further support

19. Fire Investigation

Facilitator:  LFB Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hour session
 An opportunity to discover more about Fire Investigation from London Fire Brigade.  Full outline to follow

20. “…the difference that makes the difference”

Facilitator:  Paul Sherwood (Devon & Somerset FRS) Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hr session & Sunday – 2.5 hr session
Celebrating Difference: A journey of discovery into the world of perspective. Ever wondered if how you see the colour blue is the same as everyone else? Or perhaps you’re curious why some people just don’t seem to be on the same wavelength as you? This workshop explores our own maps of the world and how we can use our inner compass more effectively to get where we want to go more easily. We’ll also find out how we can interpret other people’s maps and even help them to find their way too.  The objectives are: –

  1. To Have Fun!
  2. To work with others and build new relationships.
  3. To share our perspectives, thoughts and ideas.
  4. To learn models and processes that help to bring clarity of thoughts and feelings.
  5. To inspire curiosity and commit to finding out more beyond the workshop.

21. Building a mentoring relationship

Facilitator:  John Parkinson, Lancashire FRS Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hr session & Sunday – 2.5 hr session
Looking for a Mentor or wanting to be a Mentor?  Let this workshop help you explore what mentoring is and what it is not and how you can be the difference.  Delegates will;

·         Learn to understand the role of a Mentor

·         Enhance their questioning and goal setting skills

·         Explore Mentoring theories and models

·         Reflect and discuss their next steps


22. ‘We are Inclusion’

Facilitator: Shilla Patel, London Fire Brigade Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hr session
This interactive and engaging workshop will help you understand what diversity and inclusion are, and why they are critical to the Fire and Rescue Service, enabling us to be our authentic selves, and to feel valued for who we are.   You will have the opportunity to discuss and explore strategies and approaches to creating inclusive environments, and workplaces, and how this applies to your organisations. The workshop will also delve into the use of inclusive language, communication and behaviours. There will be ample opportunities to share good practice through open discussions and case studies.  The aim is to provide you with opportunities to explore and discuss how we can create a more inclusive Fire and Rescue Service. By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

·         Define the terms ‘inclusion’ and ‘diversity’, and what it means to be our authentic selves, and feeling valued for who we are.

·         Discuss the features of an inclusive and diverse culture and workplace.

·         Examine the use of, and importance of inclusive language, communication and behaviours.

·         List the business cases why it is important to promote and embed Inclusion within your organisation and society.

·         Explore and share good practice across the Fire and Rescue Service, as well as other sectors and organisations in creating safe, inclusive environments and workplaces.

·         List individual and organisational objectives to commence or enhance inclusion in your workplace.


23. Colour Profile

Facilitator:  Kathy Collis, DWFRS Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hr session
Colour profiling is an opportunity to identify your ‘Psychological Types’ by understanding your personality and preferences through a selection of descriptors highlighted by yourself and your colleagues.

  • Identify your own key areas for development
  • Share the aspects identified with colleagues and friends
  • To provide a team development tool for use back in service as a team manager or team member·
  • Learn about team dynamics

24. Introduction to hazmat with practical wet chemistry

Facilitator: Janet Welch and Joanne Davies (Bureau Veritas) Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hour session
An introduction to using wet chemistry to identify properties of some substances and how to use this information to inform an incident response.The objective is to:

·         understand the challenge to the UK FRS presented by hazardous materials incidents.

·         Demonstrate the use of wet chemistry techniques to identify the properties of potentially hazardous materials.

·         Identify the chemical properties of various common unknown substances.

·         Understand that it is possible for the UK FRS to successfully deal with a hazardous materials incident without knowing the name of the substance present.


25. Self-Defence

Facilitator: Helen Wiggan, Lancashire FRS Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Saturday – 3 hr session
Attending a weekly martial arts class may be too much commitment for you, so why not come along and ‘have a go’ by understanding what is meant by Self-defence, when to use it & when not to use it, this will include:·         Understanding spatial awareness in the work place & personal life

·         Every day awareness & self-defence

·         How to stay focused & calm in confrontational situations

·         Easy boxing moves & pad work for fitness

·         Escape Various Wrists Grabs

·         Escape strangles from the front & back

·         Escape hair grabs


26. Park Run

Facilitator:  FSC Open to all delegates
Location: Meet outside Sports Centre Saturday morning only
Whether you are a starter or experienced runner, why not join the Park run?  To run, jog or walk 5km against the clock.  Morning session only, after run you can grab a post parkrun tea or coffee.  Full course details  http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fireservicecollege/course/To take part, you must register on the link below as well as selecting this as an option on the booking form.

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/


27. Fitness and well being for women in the fire service

Facilitator:  Justin Johnson,  Lancashire FRS/Emily Watkins BSc Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Sunday – 2.5 hr session
This session is a presentation with Justin & Emily to explore and discuss all aspects of Fitness and related wellbeing. Justin is the NFCC lead for this subject for the past 8 years. Emily is a Technical Instructor and PhD Researcher at the University of Brighton. She has been working with the Fire Service for numerous years, with projects investigating health, physiological and perceptual strain, live physiological monitoring, and specific populations such as training instructors and female firefighters. This workshop will be an opportunity to fully understand the standards in context as well as how each FRS should ideally approach the topic at a policy and individual level.  In addition, an overview on pre/post cooling & physiological responses, then focus on our survey which was presented at Firefit 2018 and some findings from the data currently being collecting in the lab at the moment on heat tolerance with the menopause & different phases on the menstrual cycle.

28. Write to inspire – Poetry

Facilitator: Shilla Patel, London Fire Brigade Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Sunday – 2.5 hour session
This interactive and engaging workshop will help bring out your creative side. You will acquire an understanding of what a poem is, exploring a range of different poets, to inspire your own writing. You will have the opportunity to delve into the different aspects of poetry, using feelings, life experiences, imagery, form, sound and language to bring your poems to life, inspiring all around you. Our writing will focus on themes relating to the Fire Service.  You will have the chance to share your poems, within the workshop, and other forums, including the WFS newsletter.

29. Walking

Facilitator:  To be confirmed Open to all delegates
Location: Fire Service College Sunday – 1.5/2 hr session
An opportunity to take a walk and see some of the beautiful scenery around the Cotswolds.

30. Yoga

Facilitator:  To be confirmed Open to all delegates
Location: Classroom Sunday – 1 hr session
‘Come and experience this simple meditation technique and the adoption of specific bodily postures which is widely practised for health and relaxation’