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 & 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 

“Successfully Managing Your Work Life”

We have completed a number of Women’s Development Programmes for female Fire and Rescue Service staff, facilitated by Emma and Jenny from Women to Work.  These include programmes in London, East Sussex, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire, Humberside, and Cambridgeshire.  

The programme covers the following:

  • Work Life Stages
  • Role Models
  • My Ideal Future
  • Values and Behaviours
  • Achievements, Strengths and Skills
  • Working Identity
  • Change and Transition
  • Personal Development Plan Reflections: Your Journey So Far
  • Focus on Planning: Life Plan, 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 programme is delivered over three half day workshops for a maximum of 20 women.

Those wishing to attend must have the support and be sponsored by their Fire and Rescue Service. 

For more details or to register your interest to attend or host, please contact: Karen Smith contact@wfs.org.uk or call 01366 381237

Women’s Development Programme Leaflet


WFS UK Awards 2020

Do you know a person or organisation that has given significant support to WFS UK or who 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 our Awards page.

Nominations can be submitted by completing this Nomination form and emailing to Karen Smith at contact@wfs.org.uk