Welcome to the Women in the Fire Service UK Ltd

Established in 1993 as a self-help group. Our members (women & men) come from all roles across the Fire and Rescue Service, from fire fighters and control staff, administrative and support staff & senior officers, to members of airport, defence and works fire services.

Since its formation, the membership have sought to influence the equality agenda, taking active roles in research, for example into women’s fit fire kit, supporting positive action initiatives, working with the government in nationwide campaigns for recruitment and playing a part in national groups with other stakeholders. WFS is recognised nationally, currently holding a seat on the Fire Sector Federation, amongst other inputs to the local and national agenda.

 Our Purpose Statement: 

“Enabling and inspiring confident and successful women to build a more progressive fire & rescue service”

Our Values: Working together, Future focussed, Sharing strengths

Our Aims:

  • Enabling women to reach their full potential
  • For WFS to be a recognised resource in every UK FRS
  • To support gender equality in the UK and overseas
  • Nurture and encourage role models – ‘if she can see it, she can be it’
  • Improving recruitment, retention and progression of women in the fire service

19th National Training & Development Event at the Fire Service College

Planning is well underway for this year’s Training & Development event which brings together delegates from across the fire service community. 

With the theme:

‘Celebrating difference, improving delivery’

the event will have many of the popular workshops on offer and lots more to give delegates new opportunities to learn, develop and share experiences.

So what’s not to like “Come and join us”……
This event is open to all operational and support employees within the Fire Service. 
The fee to attend is £440 per person with 10% discount for Corporate Affiliate Members.

You can also register your interest in attending by emailing Karen Smith at contact@wfs.org.uk or places can be reserved with a purchase order number.

We aim to have the booking system online at the beginning of March 2019.

Marketing & Communications Assistant vacancy

Exciting new opportunity to join WFS as our Communications and Marketing Assistant.  Are you creative, curious and confident and willing & able to help WFS improve its profile, inform and increase its membership base.  If so, we would love to hear from you ……… full details below –

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Women’s Development Programme – “Successfully Managing Your Work Life”

We have successfully completed four Women’s Development facilitated by Emma and Jenny from ‘Women to Work’,  in Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, London Fire Brigade, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.  The next programme started in January hosted by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.

The programme covers the following areas:

  • Work Life Stages
  • Role Models
  • My Ideal Future
  • Values & Behaviours
  • Achievements, Strengths & Skills
  • Working Identity
  • Change & Transition
  • Personal Development Plan Reflections: Your Journey So Far
  • Focus on Planning: Life Plan, Goals & Action Plan

All delegates are provided with a Personal Development Plan Workbook and a range of self-coaching tools to use during the workshops and in the future.  This programme is delivered over 3 half day workshops for a maximum of 20 women.  The cost is £265.00 per delegate (£245.00 for WFS Corporate Affiliate Members) 

Those wishing to attend must have the support and be sponsored by their Fire & Rescue Service.  Authorisation will be required by email to WFS.

For more details or to book your place, please contact: Karen Smith (WFS)

We are always looking for host services, if you are interested please email contact@wfs.org.uk

Women’s Development Programme Leaflet

Email: womeninthefireservice@btconnect.com or call 01366 381237

18th National Training & Development weekend – 8-10 June 2018

The 18th Training & Development weekend took place at the Fire Service College on 8-10 June with the theme ‘Building confidence for a stronger future’ and what a fabulous weekend it was with 214 delegates attending from over 30 National Fire & Rescue Service, RNLI and International delegates from The Netherlands and Sweden.

Our inspirational speakers at the Friday opening ceremony were Dany Cotton, Commissioner of London Fire Brigade and Moira Cameron, Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London.

We were delighted to present WFS Awards to Kathryn Billing (Bronze), Steve Taylor (Bronze) and Bristol Uniforms Limited (Bronze).  Congratulations to all.

Philip Tasker, Bristol Uniforms Ltd with Dany Cotton presenting Award
Kathryn Billing with Dany Cotton presenting Award

A special award was presented to Siren Sisters for their success in the UKFSC in May – full review on UKFSC page.  

Dany Cotton presenting a special award to some of the Siren Sisters team, who were attending the Training & Development weekend.

Review of the 18th WFS National Training and Development weekend June 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the training weekend as delegates, facilitators, instructors, all the FSC staff, the WFS Team and the fire services who supported delegates attendance. 

Feedback is very important to us from delegates, instructors and facilitators.   If you did not have time to complete a feedback sheet please click below, complete form and return to womeninthefireservice@btconnect.com

 WFS Evaluation sheet

So to next year ………… confirmed dates are 21, 22, 23 June 2019, see you there!

WFS Awards 2019

Do you know a person and/or organisations that has given significant support to the WFS or has made a positive contribution to support women working within a service, and to individual women who have achieved particular success within the Fire and Rescue Service.

To find out more visit the Awards page.

Nominations can be submitted by completing this Nomination form and emailing to Karen Smith at contact@wfs.org.uk