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

Choose to challenge | Online event

Join us for the first in a series of online events, aimed at our event community and beyond.

About this event

Choose to Challenge is an interactive development session where we will reflect on some real-life scenarios relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). The content of this workshop has been developed with middle managers in mind and is based around findings from the HMICFRS State of Fire report. Areas to be discussed include positive action, behaviours in the workplace, banter vs bullying, and impact assessments.

Middle managers are key to changing the culture of the FRS. Without their leadership, strategies to improve the workplace are difficult to implement. We hope to help middle managers recognise the right thing to do in problematic situations, and to realise their pivotal role in ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of the workforce.

These sessions are aimed at all middle managers in any department.

Sessions are facilitated by senior leaders, past and present from the UK Fire and Rescue Service and supported by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service (HMICFRS) and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC).

This event is open to all genders and we hope to encourage more conversation through diverse participation.

We’re expecting this to be a great event filled with discussion, so book your place today.

Choose to Challenge tickets

This event will be repeated, and any new dates will be listed here. Tickets are available at a discounted price for WFS UK Corporate Members.

Please contact karen@wfs.org.uk to confirm if your service is a Member before placing a booking.

Event dates

Event: Choose to Challenge
Host: Women in the Fire Service UK
Location: Online
Date: 09/06/21
Time: 09.30-13.00 (GMT)
Cost: £54.49*/£65.27
*Discounted price if your Service is a Corporate Member.

This event is supported by SFJ Awards. All delegates will receive an SFJ Awards’ Certificate of Attendance.

**June event now fully booked**


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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