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 in the Fire Service UK Awards 2020

The annual Women in the Fire Service Awards were back in a new format for 2020.

This year we honoured individuals and organisations who made outstanding contributions to our organisation and the fire and rescue sector.

Thank you to all those who took the time and care to nominate!

Awards announcement

Read about our winners and runners-up in our news story here.

Nominations opened on 3rd February 2020 and closed on 16th March 2020.

Award categories

Young Person Role Model Award
Woman Firefighter Rising Star Award
Men as Allies Award
Corporate Star Supporter Award
Dany Cotton Inspiring Leader Award
Bright Light Award
Event Champion Award


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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 for just £10 per year.


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