The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps), founded in 1907, is an all-female voluntary organisation which deploys multi-faceted rapid response teams to support civil and military authorities in times of crisis.
We remain a vibrant organisation in the 21st Century. Membership is based on a traditional sense of duty, trust, friendship and loyalty. Today, we continue to help others and learn new skills as diverse as advanced first aid, radio communication and information management. We also provide opportunities for our members to develop personal skills and build confidence, which can help them in their chosen career.
In 2005, vital resilience support was given to City of London Police and Metropolitan Police Services following the 7/7 London bombings, and the FANY has been assisting with providing resiliance support since then.
Within 27 minutes of mobilisation following the 7/7 bombings, 13 FANYs were on duty at Bishopsgate Police Station manning the phones and provided vital support. During that first day, 34,000 phones calls were received, and 44,000 were received into the Casualty Bureau in total. In the three days following the attacks, FANYs completed 760 hours of support and completed 56 shifts at Bishopsgate and with the Metropolitan Police’s Anti-Terrorist Hotline.
In 2015, the Corps provided over 524 days of volunteer support to 20 different organisations, and members received professional training in crisis response management so that they were ready to deploy.
Most recently, FANYs were deployed following the terrorist attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, and the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. FANY volunteers provided 1,835 hours of support over a period of just over three months, assisting a wide range of organisations including the City of London Police, HQ London District (Army headquarters), the Westminster Coroner, the London Resilience Group, and the Gold Commander.
For the Armed Forces, members have additionally assisted in Op Granby, Op Telic, and provided support during the Firefighters’ strikes. FANYs currently train with the military to assist them in their UK resilience role as required, enabling them to provide aid to the Civil Authorities during a range of crisis situations.