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Equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamentals at London Fire Brigade – and long have been. We’re one of the most diverse cities in the world, and we value the contribution that every community makes to London.
We exist for our communities, and we’re proud to celebrate and support the diversity of London as an inclusive team that represents the city we serve.
We value every colleague, ensuring that we each have respect, opportunity and influence at work. Working together, we are safer together, and we ensure the London Fire Brigade remains the best fire and rescue service nationally and internationally.
London Fire Brigade developed its first equality strategy in 1996 – twenty years ago, and fourteen years before the Equality Act 2010 was passed. In the intervening years, we have made substantial progress creating a fairer and more diverse workforce, and focusing our community engagement work on London’s most at-risk communities. In recent years, we have focused on making equality and inclusion an everyday part of ‘what we do’.
To deliver a diverse workforce, we must have an inclusive culture – whether at stations, whether at stations, in offices or in the community.
The visible value that our professional and political leaders place upon equality, diversity inclusion matters.
Our support groups are our staff volunteering their time and energy to provide professional and and personal support to colleagues.
Ensuring that every colleague is properly inducted and developed must be a core requirement of a recruitment and retention strategy that prioritises achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce.
We are committed to ensuring that our services are accessible to all, and that they meet the needs of the people we serve.
We have considerable purchasing power – and we use it for the good of our people, our place and our planet.
Our values of fairness, integrity, respect, service and trust (FIRST) reflect what we believe in as an organisation and underpin everything we stand for – so it’s perhaps not surprising that we’re we’ve positive about diversity and committed to inclusion since long before public sector organisations were encouraged to take action.