We are Women in the Fire Service UK

Women in the Fire Service UK (WFS) was set up in the 1990s as a self-help group. Our members of all genders, come from all roles across the Fire and Rescue Service – from firefighters and control staff, administrative and support staff and 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. We are 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 and Rescue Service.”

Our values

Working together • Future focused • Sharing strengths

Our aims

  • To enable women to reach their full potential
  • To be a recognised resource in every UK Fire and Rescue Service
  • To support gender equality in the UK and overseas
  • To nurture and encourage role models – ‘if she can see it, she can be it’
  • To improve recruitment, retention and progression of women in the fire service

Women’s Development Programme

WFS Women’s Development Programme

Our Women’s Development Programme is a bespoke programme to help women identify clear, practical and realistic steps to develop self-confidence in their professional and personal lives. Facilitators Jenny Pollock and Emma Shute of Women to Work, explore topics including taking control and challenging limiting beliefs, and how to identify strategies to build personal resilience.

The programme consists of three half-day workshops over three months. Workshops take place remotely with the potential for Workshop 2 to be held in-person.

Women’s Development Programme aims

A programme for women* at all levels in the fire service who want to:

  • take control of their work and life now and in the future
  • have their voice heard in a way that’s meaningful to them
  • reconnect with who they are and all they have to offer
  • identify and challenge any limiting beliefs that may be holding them back and find strategies to build their personal resilience
  • value themselves and what they need and want from work and life
  • engage, connect and build relationships with other women in the emergency services

*Open to non-binary and gender-fluid identities and those who identify as women.

What past participants found useful:

‘I put into practice the skills and techniques I learnt from this programme and I got the new role I had always wanted. I would fully recommend this course to anyone.’

‘Engaging, empowering and energetic. A recipe for success in helping women to be authentic and achieve their full potential.’

‘I am a Firefighter on development and this programme has been very beneficial. Going for promotion will definitely be an option for me as I now have the tools and confidence to do that.’


Corporate Members
£245.00 plus £19.70 Eventbrite Payment Processing fees.
Total cost £264.70 per delegate.

Non members
£265.00 plus £21.26 Eventbrite Payment Processing fees.
Total cost £286.26 per delegate.


2021 Women’s Development Programme 1

Workshop 1 – 7th October 9.30-12.30 via Zoom
Workshop 2 – 9th November 1.00-4.30pm at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (or via Zoom 9.30-12.30 ) TBC
Workshop 3 – 8th December 9.30-12.30 via Zoom

Book tickets for WDP Programme 1

2022 Women’s Development Programme 2

Workshop 1 – 3rd February 2022 9.30-12.30 via Zoom
Workshop 2 – 1st or 3rd March either 9.30-1 or 1.00-4.30pm dependent on venue availability (or via Zoom 9.30-12.30 ) TBC
Workshop 3 – 6th April 9.30-12.30 via Zoom 

Not currently open for booking.

Contact us

Got a question about the programme? Get in touch!


We are Women in the Fire Service

We’ve come a long way over three decades of campaigning for a more equal and progressive fire service. But there is still more to be done. 

Without the support of our members we wouldn’t be able to continue to do as much as we do—helping women progress in their careers, addressing the gender imbalance in the sector, and nurturing inspirational role models for future generations.

Join us

Support us with membership and be an equality champion for all women considering a career, or already working in the fire and rescue service.

Corporate Membership

Become a member to enjoy exclusive access to our jobs board, members only rates, and help with recruitment.

Individual Membership

Join us and enjoy bespoke events, one-to-one support and access to mentors—all from just £15 per year and a Super Supporter option.


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