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Inclusive culture.

To deliver a diverse workforce, we must have an inclusive culture – whether at stations, in offices or in the community.

Aims and objectives

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.

We will:

  • 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.

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