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 focused, 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

National Training & Development Event 

21-23 June 2019 at the Fire Service College

‘Celebrating difference, improving delivery’

We are delighted to announce the booking system is now open for our Training & Development event in June. We have a great variety of workshops for operational and support personnel that will give delegates new opportunities to learn, develop and share experiences.

We are also excited to announce our keynote speaker will be Sophie Montagne, from the British Army’s Ice Maidens – read more about Sophie

Biography – Sophie Montagne

For full programme, event details and workshop outlines – links below

Workshop outlines


Event information

Booking form

Update on bookings – due to high demand all available places have now been filled.  If you wish to be included on the waiting list please contact Karen Smith at womeninthefireservice@btconnect.com 

The fee to attend is £440 per person with 10% discount for Corporate Affiliate Members. Closing date for bookings is 20 May 2019.

Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Women in the Fire Service

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Women in the Fire Service with company registration number 06577352 and whose registered address is 47 Pashley Road, Eastbourne, England, BN20 8DY will be held at:

at:  Fire Service College, London Road, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0RH

On:      23rd day of June 2019

At: 0930 hrs

At the AGM, you, as a member who is entitled to vote at the AGM, will be asked to consider and vote on the following resolution below.


  1. An ordinary resolution to appoint members to the National Executive Committee

By order of the Board


[Director / secretary]

Cheryl Rolph


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

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

2018 National Training & Development Event 

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