Who are we?

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

Our Commitment to Civil & Military Emergencies

London lives under constant threat; threat of terrorism, natural disasters and unforeseen incidents such as tube or train crashes. FANYs train every week to ensure that they can provide a professional public service when the threat becomes a reality. Routinely, FANYs deploy in support of non-emergency operations, such as economic crime and murder investigations, operations to recover children assessed as at risk, and character player support to bring a degree of realism to training.


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.

Our Training

The Corps offers a wealth of new experiences where you can broaden your horizons and enrich your life. The training evenings provide a stimulating and motivating environment for members to learn new skills as well as develop old ones. Trainers encourage members to participate in all of the training on offer, regardless of ability or experience.

Weekly training nights (based in Central London) ensure that members obtain the necessary level of skills to provide assistance at times of crisis. The training programme includes; Major Incident Response, First Aid, Map Reading, Navigation & Orienteering, Radio Communications, self defence and much, much more.

Major Incident Response

All members receive professional training from police authorities so that they can respond to enquiries received from members of the public in response to a major incident.  In addition to this training, some Corps members go on to receive advanced training so that they can perform more detailed data analysis.

First Aid

All members are trained in basic First Aid and hold a first aid qualification. Many members of the Corps develop this skill further through attending a range of courses offered by a variety of organisations leading to further qualifications.

Map Reading, Navigation & Orienteering

Being able to read a map, navigate and find your route with a compass are essential FANY skills. Training is undertaken in inner-city and remote environments. Following basic training there are opportunities to take further qualifications in this area.

Radio Communications

FANY are trained in basic radio skills, net radio, Airwave, Army watch-keeping and briefing skills.  These skills are essential, as they are often used during an emergency.

Self Defence

This life skill is a popular event with members.

And much more including....

Representing the Corps at ceremonial occasions, using language skills, attending special interest lectures, parachuting, survival training, participating in equestrian events, attending networking sessions and taking part in fundraising events.

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