Last Updated on 6 May 2022.
WFP started in 2003 as a niche offering in the fire safety market, offering wireless alarm systems in a world that hadn’t been introduced to the iPhone yet.Today, we’re a close-knit team offering in excess of 30 fire, security and electrical services, and the highest rated commercial installer in Essex. That kind of development doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of hard graft, patience and, above all – a great team. Our Founding Director, Paul Field, comes from a career in the Navy, fire alarm services and marketing; together it made for one clued up and ambitious leader who had a vision of combining the all-important elements of precision, safety and customer service. That meant, over years, building and cultivating individuals with the right attitude and who shared that same vision of our three core values: reliability, honesty and professionalism. WFP isn’t somewhere you come to work to just pay the bills. It’s where careers are made. That’s just one of the reasons why we’re the winners of the ‘Employer of the Year’ accolade at the FSB East of England Awards 2018, why our Operations Manager won a finalist position as ‘Fire Safety Manager of the Year’ in the 2021 Women in Fire Safety Awards, and why we’ve either won or been shortlisted for numerous awards in between… …Not to mention having the highest number of 5 star reviews on Google and Trustpilot in the county (and probably beyond). There’s a real mix of people here; some with corporate backgrounds, some who came on board with a flavour for the industry, and some without.
Here’s what some of them had to say when I asked them what it’s like to work for us:
“Credit should be given when credit is due, I have been in the industry for a while and for me it’s rarely given as I have experienced the worst and the mediocre. That being said, I feel I have found my place within a great company. I am working with a truly focused and committed team that not only enjoy their daily work but also work hard to help each other, there is no us vs them or stepping on each other to ascend the company ladder, only one team working coherently as a unit aiming to achieve success. This company not only has my commitment but has earned my trust. We also have a few laughs along the way.” – Tony, Engineer “WFP is great to work for as it can feel like a family unit. You are treated as a person rather than a number, which I have found in previous companies. The engineers, office staff and management all work well together (there is no them and us) and we all understand that our goal is to deliver a service we can be proud of.” – Sam, Service Desk Administrator “Waking up and looking forward to going to work, says it all!! I love being a part of the WFP family. Teamwork makes the dream work, and it couldn’t be more apparent within our company, I’m proud to be a part of the WFP journey.” – Mark, Compliance Advisor “Having worked in the past for companies who are focused on profits, it was a weight of my shoulders when I joined WFP, where the focus is on customer service. There is nothing more satisfying then working with a team who are liked minded and look out for each other in their hour of need.” – Barry, Technical Director “WFP Fire & Security is the company we all dreamed of working for, and then discovered it isn’t normally like that in the real world. Where due to the life preservation and safety nature of the work we do you are actively encouraged to come forward when a mistake is made or a problem on a site is spotted. Where humans come first and foremost and it’s not just a numbers game – for all areas of WFP. A team of people who are actually a team from the top down, having your back and all working together to do the best they can. Actively encouraging learning, development and progress of all staff. I thought when I started here that this was a fortune cookie reality, waiting for the other shoe to drop and the cookie to crumble. Well over a year later, through a pandemic where fires don’t go on furlough and we are going from strength to strength, all of us playing to our own strengths. And that cookie still hasn’t crumbled. I couldn’t be happier doing this work, working with the team and the ethos of the people here, whilst doing my bit to make the world a better, safer place.” – Elle, Service Desk AdministratorLast but certainly not least…
“When I started Wire-Free Protection, I knew quite a bit about fire & security, but not a lot about running and growing a business, even less about bringing and managing people. What I did about that is was to educate myself; I read books, attended business training seminars, took on a coach that I could barely afford, became a member of business growth organisations and I have continued to invest in myself since that point. That’s made me a better leader and the business has benefited from my growth and experience. This taught me that I need to help others to grow, invest in them, not just financially, but genuinely connect with them, support them and help them be the best that they can be. The feedback from our team tells me that we are getting this right, they feel valued and invested in, they feel pride and committed to. The net result of this is that the client will deal with a motivated, well-trained and supported member of our team, and this means that they will want to deal with the WFP Family.” – Paul, Founding Director