Welsh Speakers in the Service 

This page is dedicated to Welsh Speakers and has been written by Welsh speaking employees at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service with future Welsh speaking employees in mind.

Cath Baldwin
Welsh Language Officer. Based at Headquarters, Llantrisant

Shwmae! My name is Cath Baldwin, I’m the Welsh Language Officer for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. I’ve been doing this job for 13 and a half years now and I love the fact that my job gives me the opportunity to use my Welsh every day! I wasn’t taught Welsh at school, and as no-one in my family was Welsh speaking I had to learn the language as an adult. Being able to use Welsh every day at work is a real bonus, but what excites me most about my job is that I can help and encourage others to use their Welsh tooRead more of Cath's story


Heulwen Jones
Welsh Language Tutor

My name is Heulwen Jones and I am the newly appointed Welsh Language Tutor for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Welsh is my first language and I have spoken it all my life.  My father was from Gwynedd in North Wales and my mother from South Wales and both her parents were Welsh speaking.  My brother and I were brought up in a Welsh speaking home, and we speak to each other in Welsh everyday.
Read more of Heulwen's story.


Tony Redman
Young Firefighters Programme Manager

Hi I’m Tony and I have been with SWFRS for 15 years.  I started my Fire Service Career in 2002 as a Firefighter in Cardiff Central and spent a number of years on station as both Firefighter and then Crew Manager.  More recently I have progressed to take on a role in SWFRS Headquarters as the Young Firefighter’s Programme Manager. This is a highly rewarding career which involves overseeing the effective running of a programme which looks to support young people in learning new skills within a Fire Service setting.   Read more of Tony's story


Deborah Howell
HR Officer, SWFRS Headquarters.

Hi my name is Deborah and I work as a Human Resources Officer within the Recruitment and Assessment Team in South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

I began learning Welsh on a part time basis in 2004, through a mixture of SWFRS and College classes and also weekend courses.  I had always wanted to speak my Native Language and my goal was to be able to communicate bilingually in the workplace.  I worked my way through a series of qualifications and attained my A’ Level in Welsh Language in 2010.

 Read more of Deborah's story. 


South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Welsh Language Skills Levels in Welsh
Page Last Updated on 28/9/2016