Welcome to the Women in the Fire Service UK

Date for your diary – 19th National Training & Development weekend 

21, 22, 23 June 2019

Why not visit us at the Emergency Services Show on 19-20 September 2018 (stand V33).  We look forward to seeing you there.

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

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are delighted to be hosting a Women’s Development programme facilitated by Emma and Jenny from ‘Women to Work’. 

This programme to be delivered over three half day workshops for a maximum of 20 women and will be held in the Community Room at:

Hastings Fire Station, Bohemia Road, Hastings TN34 1EX

The three half day sessions will be held on:-

Session 1: Tuesday, 25th September 1.30pm-5.00pm/Session 2: Wednesday, 17th October 1.30pm-5.00pm,/Session 3: Thursday, 29th November 1.30pm-5.00pm

Delegates must be available to attend all three sessions.

Limited places are available to the South East Region at the cost of £265.00 per delegate (£245.00 for WFS Corporate Affiliate Members).  If accommodation is required booking and payment will be the responsibility of delegates and their Fire & Rescue Services.  For more details or to book your place, please contact: Karen Smith (WFS) Email: womeninthefireservice@btconnect.com/Telephone: 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!

Women’s Development Programme 

We have successfully completed two Women’s Development Programmes in Humberside Fire & Rescue Service and London Fire Brigade facilitated by Emma and Jenny from ‘Women to Work’.  Three further programmes will be held this year at East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.

“Successfully Managing Your Work Life”

This is a great opportunity and the programme will cover 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 will be 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 will be 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)  If accommodation is required booking and payment will be the responsibility of delegates and their Fire & Rescue Services.

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)

If your service is interested in hosting a programme, please email contact@wfs.org.uk

Women’s Development Programme Leaflet

Email: womeninthefireservice@btconnect.com or call 01366 381237

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