We are Women in the Fire Service UK

Women in the Fire Service UK (WFS) was set up in 1993 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

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Help retain and progress women in your fire service

Do you want to positively support and develop your women firefighters or women’s workforce?

Would you like to positively manage your work life?

Do you want to enable your women firefighters or women’s workforce to reach their professional capacity?

The Women’s Development Programme is facilitated by our service delivery partners Women to Work on behalf of Women in the Fire Service UK. A bespoke programme — specifically designed for the needs of women working in the fire and rescue service.

The programme consists of three half-day workshops which take place at host fire and rescue services across the UK.

Develop your confidence and enable success

Personal development support for women that aims to contribute to a working environment where women:

  • are engaged with the fire and rescue service
  • feel confident to be themselves
  • feel empowered to make their own decisions
  • apply for promotions confidently

The programme outline

  • Work Life Stages
  • Role Models
  • Values and Behaviours
  • Achievements, Strengths and Skills
  • Working Identity
  • Change and Transition
  • Personal Development Goals and 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 program has certainly helped me to take the next step with career in the fire service. At the start of the program I was really unsure about taking myself to the next level for a Crew Manager role, but by the end of it I was believing in myself more, knowing I can do the job confidently.’

— WDP Delegate

“As an Organisational Development Manager within the fire and rescue service, I value the availability of this Women’s Development Programme which can complement organisational work to reduce barriers to women realising their potential within the sector.’

— WDP Delegate

Contact us

If you are interested in hosting or attending a Women’s Development Programme please get in touch.