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Women in Fire and Rescue Services

Invitation to the 11th commission meeting

Date: 
Lundi, 24. Avril 2017 (All day)
Jeudi, 27. Avril 2017 (All day)
Location: 
Ljubljana, Slovenia

You are kindly invited to the 11th Meeting of the Women in Fire Service and Rescue Service to Ljubljana in Slovenia.

The meeting will be held from April 24th till 27th 2017.
Monday, April 24th 2017 arrival in the afternoon/ evening.
Tuesday, April 25th 2017 sessions;
Wednesday, April 26th 2017 session;
Thuesday, April 27thl 2017 departure.

Please make your hotel reservation at the hotel by March 24th 2017 the latest.

We will take care of the transportation from the Ljubljana Airport to the hotel and back.
All participants are asked to book their flights and make the hotel reservation as soon as possible.

All participants are kindly asked to register with Mrs Mira Leinonen (mirafoni112@gmail.com), just with simple e-mail registration and Marinka Cempre Turk (cempreturk@gmail.com).

The deadline for registration is March 24th 2017 and make your hotel reservation at the hotel

More information look pdf- invitation and if you have any more questions or would like to have more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward seeing you in Slovenia.

Mira Leinonen
Chair

Mona Hjortzberg
Vice Chair

Questions and answers

1. Question

Is your national and local Fire and Rescue Service a State or Municipal Service?

  • London Fire Brigade – metropolitan
  • United Kingdom – metropolitan/non-metropolitan, private, nuclear
  • Sweden – municipal, private organisations - nuclear, airport
  • Norway – municipal and private organisations
  • Denmark – municipal and private organisations
  • Slovenia – municipal, private organisations, airport
  • Austria – municipal, private organizations, airport

2. Question

How many operational women firefighters do you have in your Fire and Rescue Service (State or municipal)?

  • London Fire Brigade, UK – 327 – 6.87%

3. Question

How many operational women firefighters do you have in your country? How many chiefs do you have?

  • Sweden: 194 full time – 3.9%, 616 part time – 5.8%, 5 Fire Chiefs
  • Finland: volunteer -10%,
  • England: 1,262 whole time -4.99%, 525 retained duty – 5.5%. One Chief Fire Officer (two from 1 January 2017)
  • Slovenia: 3 full time – 0.4%, 12,000 volunteer – approximately 15%
  • Austria:19,672 – 6% (2015)
  • Norway: 4 full time Fire Chiefs

4. Question

Do you have volunteer Fire and Rescue Services? State whether you have a Brigade/Station/Fire Department/Fire and Rescue Service and what they comprise?

  • UK – none
  • Slovenia – 1,300 fire stations, 15 professional Fire Brigades (stations)
  • Norway – none
  • Sweden – yes
  • Austria – 4,503 fire stations volunteer, 314 Works Fire Brigades, 6 Professional Fire Brigades
  • Finland – 709 fire department 491 volunteers, 200 part time, 18 industrial fire brigades. Full time 112.

News

Four working group
We have established four working groups under the following headings to collate information from a survey that we are formulating:

Family and Caring

  • Pregnancy
  • Maternity Policies
  • Nursery/kindergarten facilities

Statutes

  • Salary
  • Retirement
  • Definition of a firefighter

Technical and Physical Issues

  • Uniform
  • Physical fitness

Career/Support

  • Promotion
  • Culture

Survey

The Commission is working on a survey with questions about working practices, maternity leave and particular issues which affect women. This will be sent to all members and we would ask that everyone participates. The information will be collated and best practice shared.

Definitions

These are our definitions for the persons in fire and rescue services, so you know the background how you answer the survey.

Operational firefighter - A person who uses specialist equipment and clothing to protect themselves from their working environment and who may put themselves at risk to save a life or property. This also includes those who are more senior and who attend incidents in a command role.

Firefighter and other roles. May wear a uniform provided by their employers and carry out a role eg, emergency dispatch, Fire Safety and Prevention but do not attend operational incidents and do not put their lives at risk (as above). Other roles are support roles for the Fire and Rescue Service, eg, IT, administrative tasks, psychologists, teachers, policy writing, etc (There are many definitions within this "other roles")

Invitation to the 9th Meeting of the Women in Fire and Rescue Services Commission

Date: 
Mercredi, 5. Octobre 2016 (All day) to Samedi, 8. Octobre 2016 (All day)
Location: 
Kongsberg, Norway

Dear all, please find the invitation to the 9th meeting of Women in Fire and Rescue Services as attached to this e-mail. We hope, that you will all participate to the meeting!

We look forward to seeing you in Norway.

Mira Leinonen and Mona Hjortzberg
Chair and Vice Chair

INVITATION TO THE 9TH MEETING OF WOMEN IN FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES-COMMISSION

You are warmly invited to the 9th Meeting of the Women in Fire and Rescue Services Commission.

The meeting will be held on the 5th – 8 th october 2016 (Tuesday 5 th arrival afternoon / evening,  6  to 7 th meeting day ,9 pm to 5 pm, day two until 3 pm. 8 th october extra day for sightseeing in Oslo ) in Norway, Kongsberg and our meeting venue will be Firestation in Kongsberg.

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Invitation to the 9th meeting of Women in fire and rescue services-commission

Date: 
Jeudi, 14. Avril 2016 (All day) to Vendredi, 15. Avril 2016 (All day)
Location: 
Warsaw, Poland

The meeting will be held on the 14th – 15th April 2016 in Warsaw and our meeting venue will be The Main School of Fire Service.The address of the school is ul. Słowackiego 52/54 Warszawa/ Slowackiego street n°52/54 Warsaw.

 

Draft agenda for the 8th meeting

Thursday 14th – Friday 15th April 2015, 0900 hours  to 1700 hours - every day we have 2 coffee breaks and one lunch break

1. Introduction of participants
2. Approval of the agenda for the meeting
3. Approval of the minutes from the meeting in London, October 2015
4. Summaries from the working groups:
    a. Family and caring system
    b. Statues
    c. Technical and material issues
    d. Career and support
5. Next issues
6. Presentation from each country (5 - 7 minutes per country).  What is going on right now in respective country to promote women in Fire and Rescue Services? (the participants are asked to summarise and send their presentations in beforehand)
7. Any other business
     * Please don’t hesitate to contact the chair, if you have something to add to this point
8. Date of next meeting

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Invitation to the 7th meeting of Women in fire and rescue services commission

Date: 
Lundi, 19. Octobre 2015 (All day) to Mardi, 20. Octobre 2015 (All day)
Location: 
London, United Kingdom

 

Draft agenda for the 7th meeting Monday 19th – Tuesday 20th October 2015, 09:00 hours to 17:00 hours:

1. Introduction of participants
2. Approval of the agenda for the meeting
3. Approval of the minutes from the meeting in Stockholm, April 2015
4. Presentation from the Working Groups (Operational Firefighters and other roles in Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs))
Operational Firefighters: what kind of support do FRSs offer their employees in 24/7 shifts? (Mona Hjortzberg)
The aim is to summarize the support available.
Other roles in FRSs: what other roles are available for women other than operational? (Rita Kirsebom)
The aim is to summarize and describe what roles available in FRSs.
5. Next issues for the Working Groups
6. Presentation from each country (5 - 7 minutes per country). What is going on right now in respective country to promote women in Fire and Rescue Services? (the participants are asked to summarise and send their presentations in beforehand)
7. Any other business
     a. Correspondence received
     b. Expectations from and guidelines for future hosts of the Commission.
8. Date of next meeting

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International Conference for Woman Volunteer Firefighters - Conference Report

Conference took place on 29th September 2014 at Toshi Center Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.
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A national network for rescue women launched in Finland

Friday March 06 2015 was a historic day in Finland from a woman's perspective.
A national women’s network was launched for those who are active in world of rescue operations. The aspiration of the network is to promote personal development and to provide peer support.
 
The idea of this network evolved from the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF). International work, is coordinated in Finland by The Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK), with Finland being one of the member countries in CTIF’s Commission Women in Fire and Rescue Services. The collaboration started as a working group in 2013 resulting in achieving commission status in 2014, with the wider operation identifying the need of a national network for rescue women in Finland. The network is open to all women operating in the rescue field whether voluntary or professional.

The common aim is to harness other women’s organizations in existence and by doing so SPEK, as a central organization, provides the network its support through mechanisms and assistance in coordination.
 
The seminar showcased international women's activities, including the Swedish women's operation of the network, in addition to highlighting women's experience in the field of rescue operations in Finland. Internationally, the status of women varies a lot, depending on their country.
 
Those who were involved in the seminar all agreed that women should be treated as equals, whether professionals or volunteers, and provide the opportunity to develop in accordance with their own personality. Rescue men and women have the same goals and therefore the network is not competing within the men’s arena. However, for the purpose of identifying the specific needs of women and at the same time working and competing harmoniously with men, it is important that women have the opportunity to network with other likeminded women.

Sirpa Suomalainen
Regional director at The Finnish National Rescue Association SPEK
sirpa.suomalainen(a)spek.fi

Caption: More than 60 rescue women, as well as few open-minded rescue men met at the seminar in Helsinki. Seminar was organized by SPEK.

Invitation

Date: 
Lundi, 27. Avril 2015 (All day) to Mardi, 28. Avril 2015 (All day)
Location: 
Stockholm, Sweden

Welcome to the meeting for the Commission - Women in Fire and Rescue Services, 27th - 28th April 2015 in Stockholm

The meeting will be held in Stockholm on April 27 – 28, 2015.
Date of arrival is on April 26
Date of meeting is on April 27 – 28
Date of departure is on April 29

The agenda of the meeting is not on detailed level yet, but since we now are a CTIF Commission, there has to be a formal process of electing a chairman for this new element of CTIF. The background and the process is described in the attached document.

The meeting will last for two days and includes both organizational issues such as lectures and possible field trips. We will have evening meals at the Hotel Clarion Collection Hotel Tapto in the evenings 26th and 27 th April, a social event in the late afternoon 27 th April and a farewell dinner in the evening 28 th April.

We will provide more details of the meeting at the beginning of 2015.

The meeting will be held in CTIF Permanent office at Årstaängsvägen 21 C in Stockholm

Please fill in the attached document Registration Form and send I back to lena.brunzell@msb.se with a copy to contact@ctif.org  before 15th February 2015.

Best regards
Lena Brunzell and Tore Eriksson

Appeal of International Conference

Date: 
Lundi, 29. Septembre 2014 (All day)

Here is the final document of the joint work of Commission " Women in fire and Rescue service " and " International Conference for Women Volunteer Firefighters", which took place in Tokyo, 28.09-1.10. This document is very important for all the firefighting community .

Appeal of International Conference for Women Volunteer Firefighters

September 29, 2014

1. In responding to various natural disasters and terrorism etc., of course including fires, women in the fire services shall play an even more active part in order to protect families and secure their communities.

2. Women shall make good use of their characteristics by carrying on different kinds of tasks so as to enrich the firefighting activities.

3. In order to further develop women’s role in the fire services, all participating countries shall work together to improve an equal work environment.

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