About the event

The Spirit Of Fire awards are the most prestigious event in the fire and rescue calendar, recognising bravery within the fire community and dedication to The Fire Fighters Charity, the UK’s leading provider of life-enhancing services for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.

The awards are a fantastic opportunity to proudly showcase the very best of our fire and rescue service and also to show our admiration for those who have battled in the face of adversity, or performed a heroic act of bravery and courage. The Fire Fighters Charity helps all members of the fire service community during their times of need – that’s serving and retired fire service personnel – and their selflessly supportive families. It’s an honour to recognise our supporters and beneficiaries in this way.

To commemorate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, an era in which the Charity was first established, as well as the tenth anniversary of Spirit Of Fire, we’ve decided to go ‘back to the Blitz’ and hold an event with a distinct 1940s theme. We hope you enjoy it! Do not fear though, the dress code is, as always, black tie and posh frocks, no 1940s fancy dress is required.

If you would like more information on the Charity, please visit our website, or see below for testimonials from those who have supported Spirit Of Fire in the past.


“I loved every minute of it, found the whole experience visiting Downing Street and the Spirit of Fire awards so surreal, something I will never forget!”
Awards finalist

“I am so pleased to be part of the team that won the award. I retire next year after 40 years’ service in the Brigade. What a wonderful way to finish my service. Keep up the good work, you are all stars!”
Award winner

“It was a most enjoyable evening. It was my first time and I was unsure what to expect. I will definitely be going again.”
Awards finalist

“It’s impossible not to be moved when you read about the incredible stories of courage and determination of the shortlisted finalists.”
Lorraine Chase, actress

“A hugely enjoyable and memorable experience. Not everyone gets inside Downing Street or to mingle with TV stars!”
Award winner

“The Chief Fire Officers Association is immensely proud to be associated with The Fire Fighters Charity and to have been asked to co-present an award. From a personal perspective, one of the Charity’s recuperation centres, Harcombe House, is in my patch and I know from speaking to firefighters during my visits there just how much the Charity’s work means to staff who are injured. So on behalf of CFOA, thank you for all that you do for our firefighters, it is very much appreciated.”
Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell

“A well organised evening at a great location. Really good to find out more about those people who are making a positive difference to the Charity.”