The Women in the Fire Service Awards 2024

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We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2024 awards. Click here to read about our Winners and Runners Up.

Our awards recognise and honour the hard work and valuable contributions made by individuals in the UK Fire and Rescue sector. Nominations for the 2024 awards are now closed. Our 2025 awards will be back so watch this space!

The awards ceremony will take place in June during our Training and Development Event and is invitation only.

We are thrilled to have MSA – The Safety Company as headline sponsors. We are also thrilled to announce our individual award sponsors for 2024. To find out more about all our sponsors please click here.

We still have award categories available to sponsor. If you are interested please email

Award categories: 

Dany Cotton Inspiring Leader sponsored by Dräger

Designed to honour a remarkable leader who is a champion for equality and diversity. They deliver real change and inspiring the fire service community while bringing out the best in their colleagues. Eligibility: There are no age restrictions, and this award is open to women and individuals identifying as non-binary. 

Firefighter Rising Star sponsored by Practice to Progress

We would like to celebrate a firefighter who has showcased unwavering commitment to excel in their duties. They have actively advocated for gender equality and empowerment. Eligibility: There are no age restrictions, and this award is open to women and individuals identifying as non-binary. 

*New* Outstanding Team sponsored by National Chiefs Fire Council (NFCC)

We want to recognise outstanding teamwork within the fire service. Whether they’ve executed daring rescues, pioneered training programs, or led community initiatives, this award celebrates exceptional collaboration, unity, and excellence in the fire service. It highlights the collective efforts that make a real difference in ensuring the safety and well-being of communities. Eligibility: It’s open to all fire service teams, any gender, with a minimum of two members, and there are no age restrictions. 

Bright Light sponsored by Emergency Services Times

To appreciate an individual who has made a significant impact in furthering our objectives. They will have paved the way in their capacity within the fire service, serving as an inspiration to others. This may be through recruitment, retention, advancement of women or facilitating women’s growth, through enhanced access to opportunities and resources such as training and events. Eligibility: There are no age restrictions, and this award is open to women and individuals identifying as non-binary. 

Youth Inspiration sponsored by Institution of Fire Engineers

To honour a young individual within the fire and rescue service who exemplifies being an exceptional role model. They actively engage in and spark discussions, initiatives, and positive results regarding equality and diversity matters. They truly embody the ethos of “if you can see it, you can be it.” Eligibility: Recipients for this award range from 11 to 24 years of age, and it is inclusive, welcoming nominees of all gender identities. 

Exceptional Allies  

Recognise an individual who has gone above and beyond in advancing gender equality within their organisation or has made a substantial contribution in assisting colleagues to reach their highest potential. Eligibility: This award is open to all and there are no age limitations. 

*New* Digital Trailblazer 

To acknowledge individuals in the fire service who utilise social media to inspire, educate, and positively influence people about fire service careers. This award spotlights those who break barriers and encourage diversity in the fire service through their online presence. Whether sharing personal journeys or building supportive communities, this person should use social media to ignite enthusiasm and empower individuals from all backgrounds to explore and pursue this career. Eligibility: There are no age restrictions, and this award is open to women and individuals identifying as non-binary. (Please note if you aren’t aware of their email address don’t worry! Just include their social media handle and platform in the award criteria section and enter your email in the nominees email box.)

*New* Fundraising Heroes  sponsored by PBI Performance Products

This award honours individuals or groups who have demonstrated exceptional dedication in raising funds for a charity. Whether it’s an individual’s tireless efforts or the collective teamwork of a group, this award recognises outstanding contributions from those who have gone above and beyond to fundraise to help support a charity to continue their essential work and help those in times of need. Eligibility: The award is open to both individuals and teams, without any age restrictions and open to all. 

*New* Advocate of Excellence  sponsored by Hainsworth Protective Fabrics

We would like to celebrate a Local or Regional Representative who have been instrumental in advancing our mission and contributing to the development of a more progressive Fire and Rescue Service for women. It serves as a recognition of their dedication, tireless efforts, and unwavering commitment to our cause. These representatives play a pivotal role in driving positive change within their local or regional contexts, ensuring that women in the Fire and Rescue Service are supported, empowered, and represented effectively. Eligibility: Must be a WFS Local or Regional Rep. No age restrictions 

Take a look at our 2023 awards and who had the honour of being one of our winners or runners-up in our awards news here.