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Women in the Fire Service Announce Volunteer Coordinators as Winners

Date : 17 June 2020


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East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is proud to announce that two Service Volunteer Coordinators are winners in the Women in the Fire Service Awards 2020.

They have been awarded the prestigious title of WFS 2020 Corporate Star Supporters 2020 winner.

Volunteer Coordinators Toni Annette-Norman and Linda Baker demonstrated unwavering dedication to the Service, which won over the panel.

Judges were impressed by their contribution in East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service for improved recruitment, retention or progression of women, enabling women to develop through access to opportunities and resources.

The panel were impressed by the nomination which referred to the recruitment of “women with a variety of abilities, including learning and physical needs as volunteers, who now contribute to community events, station days and prevention campaigns. They are inclusive, encouraging and ensure that our volunteers have fun, as well as developing them and contributing hundreds of hours of volunteering to our community.

“They are a double act...they ooze inclusion, fun and community spirit and have helped ensure that women get a sense of worth from contributing as volunteers to community safety as part of our service’

Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker praised both Toni and Linda for their dedication saying: “Women in the Fire Service is an organisation that has steadfastly championed ALL women that work in FRS, no matter their role, and it is fantastic to see two such passionate and dedicated ladies win.

“They are true ambassadors and do such a wonderful job encouraging and supporting our volunteers, as well as designing new ways to contribute and support ESFRS objectives.”

Toni Annette-Norman is very humbled by the award: ‘I am honoured and very blessed to receive the ‘Corporate Star Supporter’ award. It has only been made possible because I work with such wonderful Community Volunteers who are the real stars! I look forward to supporting them all in their future volunteering work’.”

Jules King WFS Chair and Awards Panel judge added: “Volunteers in the FRS provide an exceptional service to the local communities and make a vital contribution providing fire and road safety information, and practical assistance to the local community.  Ensuring that ESFRS always has sufficient volunteers is in incredibly important.

We are proud that our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and have varying abilities, who are able to assist at many events, as well as fundraising activities.

Are you inspired to become one of our fabulous volunteers? If so, click here to find out more. 

Women in the Fire Service UK

Major national awards which recognise women in the fire service champions.

Amazing staff at the heart of championing the role of women in the fire service have been recognised as part of a major national awards scheme.

Winners of the fire sector’s ‘Women in the Fire Service’ awards include both men and women who have developed, encouraged and reinforced the role of women in the sector.

Women continue to be underrepresented in the UK fire and rescue service, with less only six per cent of operational firefighters being female.

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