We are Women in the Fire Service UK

Established in 1993 as a self-help group. Our members (women and men) 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. 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

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 UK Awards 2020

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