‘Celebrating difference, improving delivery’ – WFS National Training and Development Event 2019

248 delegates from over 40 different fire and rescue services travelled to the Fire Service College for the 19th Annual Women in the Fire Service Training and Development Event, 21-23 June. Growing year on year, WFS attracts both local and international attendees from across the globe from countries including Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, Lebanon and Spain.

This year’s event kicked off on Friday afternoon and included a range of networking opportunities for delegates to take part in including an exhibition and formal dinner. Attendees were treated to a keynote speech from Sophie Montagne, a member of the British Army’s Ice Maidens, the first all-female team to cross Antarctica using muscle power alone.

Workshops started bright and early on Saturday morning, the first of which coincided with the Colleges weekly community event, parkrun. In recognition of the weekend’s inclusive event, the on-site sports centre team organised an all-female volunteer crew to support the 5km run including LFB Commissioner, Dany Cotton as race starter.

 “Another fantastic WFS development weekend at the Fire Service College. Great to catch up with old friends and lovely to see so many new faces”

Practical workshops allowed both operational and support staff to tackle a wide variety of challenging scenarios and tasks with the emphasis very much placed on collaboration and self-development. Fire investigation, large animal rescue, self-defence classes, urban search and rescue and trauma care were among the wide array of programmes on offer.

Among the 30 workshops which ran over the weekend, WFS offered an assortment of classroom based activities which catered for delegates who were looking for ways to manage stress, learn about professional development or even improve their operational decision making.

“Stunning location, awesome crowd, inspiring individuals and lots of hard work”

The weekend provides a great opportunity for women in all levels of the fire and rescue service to come together and work as a team during both practical and classrooms based tasks. The event will return once again next year and we hope to announce the date in the near future.






Images courtesy of Women in the Fire Service

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