About the Women in the Fire Service Awards 2022

The Women in the Fire Service Awards return and are set to be our biggest yet, with recognition given to exemplary people, doing incredible things. Open for entries 1st November 2021!


Last year’s WFS Awards took place during the Covid pandemic, as we all adapted to new ways of living and working. These awards provided much-needed inspiration during what was, and continues to be, a difficult period for many. In 2020 we attracted over 50 entries that exemplified the dedication, commitment and drive of individuals, showing us countless reasons why we should publicly recognise them.

Read about our 2020 Award winners here.

We’re looking for sponsorships from organisations who support our ethos.

This year, we have five award categories to sponsor. Sponsoring the WFS Awards offers a platform to expand awareness of your brand and reinforce your business or organisation as a supporter of diversification of the fire service. We have a number of sponsor packages available, starting from £100. Find out more about the packages here.

Meet our Award Sponsors here.

Award categories:

Bright Light Award
This award recognises an individual who has made a notable contribution in supporting our aims and/or led the way in their role in the fire service, acting as a shining example to others. This could be through recruitment, retention or progression of women or enabled women to develop through access to opportunities and resources. No age restrictions. This award is open to all genders.

Dany Cotton Inspiring Leader Award
This award recognizes an outstanding leader who champions equality and diversity, who delivers real change, inspires the fire service community and by doing so brings out the best in the people they work with. No age restrictions. This award is open to all genders. 

Exceptional Allies Award
This award recognises someone who has gone the extra mile to promote gender equality in their organisation or made a tangible contribution in supporting colleagues to be the best they can be. This award is open to women and non-binary gender identities. 

Firefighter Rising Star Award
This award recognises a firefighter who has demonstrated a determination to succeed in their role and/or been an advocate and ambassador on gender equality and empowerment issues. This award is open to women and non-binary gender identities. 

Young Person Role Model Award
This award recognises a young person in the fire and rescue service who demonstrates being an excellent role model. Who has engaged in, and inspired conversations, actions and outcomes around equality and diversity issues and actively embodies the motto “if you can see it, you can be it”. Aged 11-24 years. This award is open to all genders.

Nominations have now closed.

Nominations* timeline:

  • Entry submission opens Monday 1st November 2021.
  • Closing deadline for entries 9am Tuesday 15th March 2022.
  • Final decision on winners made by our judging panel in March.
  • Awardees contacted the week commencing 4th April 2022.
  • Winners revealed at the Award Ceremony at the Fire Service College on Friday 10th June.

    *Open to the UK fire sector and anyone can nominate.

Entry submission requirements:

  1. 250 words (max) on how your nominee meets the criteria for the award.
  2. 250 words (max) on why you think your nominee should win the award.
  3. 150 word (max) shortened version of your entry we can share publicly in promotions.
  4. You may also upload files, video, images, documents etc. to support your submission.

If you have a question about the application process please email: