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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Women in the Fire Service

Reference No: 026/2015
Request Date: 13/03/2015


I'm currently a student of Disaster Management & Emergency Planning at Coventry University. I'm conducting dissertation research into whether or not women in the fire service face any challenges or barriers while progressing through the career ladder.

I'm wondering if you could provide me with information regarding the number of men vs the number of women working in operational roles through each rank of the service from Firefighter to Chief Officer.

Also I don't know if it's also possible, but I would also like to find out whether these individuals were promoted internally or externally to the roles?


Please find our response below to your request under Freedom of Information.

Firefighter 499 43
Crew Manager 135 7
Watch Manager 87 4
Station Manager 32 1
Group Manager 6 1
Area Manager 3 0
Deputy Chief Fire Officer 0 1
Chief Fire Officer 1 0

We do not hold any data to indicate whether someone has entered the Service from externally for a promotion.