We are pleased to announce that Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in the West Midlands has become a new Corporate Member of Women in the Fire Service UK (WFS) – in a year-long commitment which will forge closer links between the organisations.
‘Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are proud to be an inclusive employer. As a fire and rescue service, we have a duty to provide young people, especially females with strong role models. This ensures that we are not only an employer of choice for female firefighters now, but also in the future.— Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Chief Fire Officer, Kieran Amos
“By joining Women in the Fire Service UK network we are not only enhancing the work that we are already doing to improve equality in the fire and rescue service nationally, but we are also demonstrating our commitment to the amazing female firefighters and non-operational staff that are already leading the way in the service.’
Latest Government statistics (2018) show the percentage of female firefighters employed by Warwickshire FRS at 6.2% which is above the UK average of 5.7%. This has risen from 4.1% in 2011.
‘Through our Corporate Membership scheme, we aim to build increasingly strong connections with FRS across the UK who value the role we play in providing new opportunities and services to our members, and who are keen to further the sector’s potential for equality.
We very much look forward to working with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue to strengthen the platform for our local and regional representatives, supporters and members within the Service. With their support, we can continue to scale our services. Our main source of income is corporate membership which helps us to carry out our work in the UK and internationally.
Through their backing this year, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue demonstrate their commitment to developing advancement, development and leadership opportunities for women. We are really happy to have them on board.’
Warwickshire joins nearly 30 other Corporate Members including the Fire Service College and other FRS such as Cumbria, Nottinghamshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire, London, Mid and West Wales and Oxfordshire.— Jules King, Chair of WFS
If you would like to learn more about our different types of memberships and how you can help support us visit our membership page.