Award Sponsors 2024

Women in the Fire Service Award Sponsors


Sponsoring the Women in the Fire Service Awards helps support recognition of individuals who have taken equality, leadership and empowerment to their hearts. We look forward to honouring the successes of role models leading the way in their communities and sector.

We still have WFS Award categories available to sponsor. If you would like to sponsor an Awards or this year’s National Training and Development Event please contact us.

Special thanks to our 2024 Award Sponsors

About our Headline Sponsor

MSA – The Safety Company

Our business is safety. It’s what we live and breathe, and we’ve been passionate about protecting people, facilities, and the environment for over a hundred years.

We’re the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality safety products and while MSA products may be simple to use and maintain, that’s purely by design. They’re also highly sophisticated devices and protective gear – the result of countless R&D hours, relentless testing and an unwavering commitment to quality that saves lives and protects millions of men and women every single day.

The company‘s comprehensive product line is used by workers around the world in a broad range of markets, including the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, the fire service, the construction industry, mining and the military. MSA’s core products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial head protection products, fire and rescue helmets, and fall protection devices.

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About our Sponsors

Dany Cotton Inspiring Leader Award
Proudly sponsored by Dräger

Company Profile

Dräger is a leading international company in the fields of medical and safety technology. Founded in Lübeck in 1889, Dräger has grown into a worldwide, DAX-listed enterprise in its fifth generation as a family-run business.

“Technology for Life” is our guiding principle. Wherever they are deployed – in clinical settings, industry, mining or emergency services – Dräger products protect, support and save lives.

For almost 100 years, firefighters all around the world have trusted Dräger to provide reliable equipment, services, and training that are fit for purpose and based on real-world experience.

We are proud of our heritage and the family values which still drive our culture today as they did 131 years ago when the business was founded. Never resting on our laurels, we are constantly striving to improve in every area by doing the right thing.

Our business is founded on the partnerships we forge. Our UK based design team works closely with our customers as we strive to keep your people safe in every aspect of their role. Without working so closely with our customer base we wouldn’t be able to do this.

Dräger is commitment to equality of opportunity, improved representation of women in the industry and how Dräger is designing equipment fit to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse workforce in the fire service.

With our UK focus, coupled with our unique partnerships focused solely on safety and a commitment to always doing the right thing, we believe that is the Dräger difference.

Images above: WFS x Dräger Event which took place in South Yorkshire FRS in 2023.

For more information about Dräger click here.

Firefighter Rising Star Award
Proudly sponsored by Practice to Progress

Company Profile

Practice to Progress (P2P) exists to help individuals and organisations develop and grow.

We have assisted more than 60 organisations and 7,000 people from across the globe, helping them grow, develop, and transform to achieve. Included in this have been a number of Fire and Rescue Services and their people. We have a particular focus on supporting underrepresented groups and equality, diversity and inclusion.

With our innovative approach of being focused on outcomes for you or your organisation, we focus on the real-life experiences and challenges you will face, and learning from them, to develop quickly and practically.

Our evidence-based methodology enables you to learn from experience, theory and good practice to ensure you can deliver the outcomes you want.

For more information about Practice to Progress click here.

Outstanding Team
Proudly sponsored by National Fire Chiefs Council

Company Profile

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) is an independent membership association and the professional voice of the UK Fire and Rescue Service. We support fire and rescue services to continually improve, helping them to save lives and keep their local communities safe.

We are a charity and a membership association supporting and representing the UK Fire and Rescue Service. Founded in 1941, NFCC was established as a company and charity in 1998 as The Chief Fire Officers’ Association, transforming into the NFCC in 2017.   

For more information about National Fire Chiefs Council click here

Bright Light Award
Proudly sponsored by Emergency Services Times

Company Profile

Emergency Services Times is an online resource that provides news, comment, insights and more for those working in or supplying to the blue lights across the UK. Having been a print publication for over 20 years, EST is now digital only, complemented by a weekly digest newsletter and regular webinars focused on the key topics of the day.

For more information about Emergency Services Times click here

Youth Inspiration
Proudly sponsored by Institution of Fire Engineers

Company Profile

The IFE is a global professional membership body for those in the fire sector that seek to increase their knowledge, professional recognition and understanding of fire through a global discourse. With over 100 years of history, the IFE is instrumental in shaping a future world that is safer from fire.

For more information about Institution of Fire Engineers click here

Fundraising Heroes
Proudly sponsored by PBI Performance Products

Company Profile

Firefighters who wear PBI do their job with the confidence and peace of mind that their protective clothing that has been tested and proven in the field to provide the highest levels of protection.

PBI fabrics are designed to offer maximum thermal protection from the outside, while at the same time delivering high levels of breathability and comfort to reduce the risk of heat stress. They will not become brittle, shrink or break open when exposed to flame and high temperatures, which is among the characteristics of other fabrics. This means that the integrity of the internal layers of the garment is protected, and the transfer of any radiant heat is slower, allowing more time for firefighters to escape to safety in a situation such as a flashover.

PBI’s commitment to continuously push the frontiers of protective fabric technology is unstinting. The company chooses to work with only the best weavers and fabric manufacturers in the supply chain to ensure that every PBI product achieves the highest performance levels for modern fire and rescue operations. It is a ‘no compromise’ approach that has driven the development of a range of different fabrics made with PBI to successfully meet the varying needs of fire and rescue services around the world.

Everyone at PBI is proud to support Women in Fire.

For more information about PBI Performance Products click here

Advocate of Excellence
Proudly sponsored by Hainsworth Protective Fabrics

Company Profile

Passionate about protecting individuals facing hazardous situations, Hainsworth Protective Fabrics is a global leader in textile development and manufacture, and has supplied fabric to protect fire fighters from the effect of heat and flame for over 100 years.

For more information about Hainsworth Protective Fabrics click here