AF&RS supports International Women’s Day


Today (Monday 8 March, 2021) marks International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge – which looks to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality - and is being supported by Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS).

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

While circumstances may be different this year, we as a Service feel it’s important to continue to raise awareness about the struggles of women and recognise their achievements.

To mark the occasion, this year, we have been encouraging staff to send International Women’s Day themed e-recognition cards to recognise inspirational women across the organisation and have been sharing the stories of our female members of staff across the Service. 

 We will also be hosting an ‘Inspiring Women’ guest panel event later this month, to give staff the opportunity to be thankful for the women in their lives and to come together to see what we can learn from each other’s experiences as well as challenge each other to continue to breaking boundaries and building confidence.

 Furthermore, in honour of International Women’s Day 2021, Bristol Live! has revealed its list of inspiring and influential women from across the South West. The list of nominees recognises the region’s most innovative, inspiring and high-achieving women.

We are delighted that our AF&RS Director of Corporate Services Angie Feeney, and Weston-Super-Mare Watch Manager Anna James have been acknowledged by the newspaper and have been included in the list alongside some incredibly inspiring women.

Director of Corporate Services Angie Feeney was nominated for her determination in driving forward the Service’s environmental change programme to become Net Zero Carbon by 2030. Angie has been instrumental in a range of business developments including improvements in the organisations IT infrastructure.

Watch Manager Anna James who has been working for AF&RS for 17 years and who is currently a Watch Manager at Weston-Super-Mare, was nominated for her determination to not let her dyslexia diagnosis stop her from passing the promotion process. Since receiving and understanding her diagnosis, Anna has been able to strive forward and is now one of the highest ranking uniformed females in the service.

Outside of work, Anna is equally driven and opened up her home for supported lodgings for young care leavers.

Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Mick Crennell said: “International Women’s Day is a reminder to celebrate the achievements of women, in particular those who work for fire and rescue services.

“Days like today not only remind us to celebrate and reflect on the accomplishments of women, but it also serves as an important acknowledgement of the challenges that are still faced by women and how important it is that we challenge gender bias and equality.

“I couldn’t prouder of both Angie and Anna for leading by example and for continuing to inspire those around them. To be celebrated amongst a list of incredibly empowering, and inspirational women is a credit to them both, and I’m sure their ambition will inspire those around them to challenge themselves, and one another.”