To deliver a diverse workforce, we must have an inclusive culture—whether at stations, in offices or in the community. Our culture must celebrate and support diversity, promote trusting and accountable relationships, and applaud progression.
Teams are stronger, safer and more effective when everyone has the opportunity to contribute their best.
- Tackle racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination in the
workplace, and challenge it in the community to create positive and happy
environments where all can thrive.
- Establish a network of Inclusion Champions throughout the Brigade acting as role
models, celebrants and advocates able to offer advice, guidance and support
Safer Together: Inclusion Strategy 2016–26.
- Tackle unconscious bias by providing targeted training and development to all
colleagues, with enhanced training for assessors and hiring managers.
- Increase diversity at fire stations by encouraging remote working at fire station
‘hubs’ by all staff groups, and co-location opportunities with other public services.
- Facilitate the voluntary and flexible deployment of staff to support career
progression pathways; this may include varied deployments for trainee firefighters
and newly promoted managers
- Foster professionalism and accountability, by encouraging inclusive behaviour,
recognising positive role models, and by supporting managers to manage their teams.
- Support managers to create strong, inclusive teams through the development of management skills; by providing coaching and mentoring for new managers; and by encouraging early action against intolerance, bullying, victimisation and harassment.
- Develop powerful internal and external communications that promote diversity by showcasing personal stories; highlighting positive contributions by role models; and celebrating the progression of staff.