Fire Service to host a Regional Women’s Development Day

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is to host a development day – entitled ‘Learn Develop Lead’ for women working in the fire and rescue services across the North East and Scotland.

On Tuesday 17 March operational (firefighters) and non-operational women who work in fire and rescue services, will attend presentations and participate in workshops with the aim of supporting development in their roles, encourage them to consider progression in their careers, and provide an insight into some of the specialisms within fire and rescue – such as urban search and rescue. The event will also offer an opportunity for them to strengthen their leadership skills and to network with fire service colleagues in the region and beyond.

Area Manager for Community Safety, Lynsey McVay

TWFRS Area Manager – Community Safety, Lynsey McVay commented:

“The Development Day has been designed to offer all women who work in our fire services the opportunity to learn from inspirational speakers, including South Yorkshire Chief Fire Officer Alex Johnson, and attend informative and educational workshops that will benefit both them as individuals and their careers. It will also give non-firefighting employees a good insight into the work of a firefighter, to support and encourage any ambitions that they may have.”

The event includes:

Introduction into Fire Behaviour and Breathing Apparatus Search and Rescue
Introduction into Road Traffic Collision equipment and techniques
Firefighter role related tests and functional fitness
Introduction to Urban Search and Rescue
Incident Command, tactical decision making exercises
Use of pronouns and challenging inappropriate behaviour
Introduction to Trauma Support and Effective Listening
Unconscious bias
Fire Investigation
Personal Resilience

If you work in the fire service and would like to attend please go to