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Fire Knowledge Network

The UK’s first support network for the fire and rescue sector

Fire Knowledge Network

The Fire Knowledge Network is a comprehensive, integrated support network for senior fire professionals. Our network of fire specialists offers expert guidance across the full range of fire sector disciplines, from leadership and governance to cyber-security and risk management.

The executive level leadership consultancy is designed to help fire and rescue services meet performance demands outlined in the recent tranche of HMI reports, deliver a full range of services including pre and post-inspection support, technical guidance and advice, executive leadership development, political leadership development and independent audit and review.

The Fire Knowledge Network is supported by a wider portfolio including FIRE magazine, events and webinars, books and online resources.

Partner Organisations

Practice to Progress

Practice to Progress is an innovative and inclusive service that supports people from all backgrounds to join the police or further their policing careers. 

Give yourself the best chance of becoming a police officer or staff member, or furthering your policing career, with our online practice assessment centre and promotion support. We don’t spend time telling you the theory, we replicate the real-life assessments and processes you will face so you can practice to pass. We put you through your paces with practical interviews, presentations and other exercises, then provide you with detailed feedback from our team of experienced assessors.

Asian Fire Service Association

We believe that the AFSA as an organisation has the power to do good. To make a difference. When fire and rescue services do well, society prospers and equality, diversity and inclusion have a key role to play in protecting and growing diverse communities. As an essential provider, the fire service can create opportunities, build, innovate and cultivate a better future for the next generation.

Our mission is to provide exceptional services and support to our members through clear leadership and support that enables our members to effectively mainstream equality, diversity and inclusion and reduce inequalities that staff and communities experience.

Women in the Fire Service

Women in the Fire Service UK (WFS) was set up in the 1990s as a self-help group. Our members of all genders, come from all roles across the Fire and Rescue Service – from firefighters and control staff, administrative and support staff and senior officers, to members of airport, defence and works fire services.

Since its formation, the membership have sought to influence the equality agenda, taking active roles in research, for example into women’s fit fire kit, supporting positive action initiatives, working with the government in nationwide campaigns for recruitment and playing a part in national groups with other stakeholders. We are recognised nationally, currently holding a seat on the Fire Sector Federation, amongst other inputs to the local and national agenda.


Hytec is passionate about cyber security, governance and compliance and takes pride in delivering the very best advice and guidance as a trusted advisor. Hytec is one of the few organisations suitably qualified to advise the public sector and its suppliers on matters relating to IT security. With over 27 years’ experience providing connection advice and hosting mainly to Health organisations and local authorities, Hytec is a leader in securing data.

Hytec consultants are heavily involved in the area of information assurance. They are aware of, and continually monitor changes to the many “baseline” standards that exist in the UK. They also contribute regularly to speaking engagements when information assurance is on the agenda.

Knowledge is gathered from many sources such as The Cabinet Office, CESG, NHS, DoH and PSN. Information is also gathered from other reliable information sources regarding new or emerging threats and vulnerabilities, such as CERT and NIST.


At Horizonscan we go into organisations, test their durability, and build frameworks which can stop mishaps turning into disasters. We are certified by the Business Continuity Institute, and work across a range of sectors. The techniques we use can be applied to different sizes and types of company, to protect against crises and safeguard the long-term future. Our international risk management work has won awards. We approach resilience from a practical, real world perspective. Our team of consultants have over 200 years of combined, frontline experience, with most having served in the emergency services.