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WMFS ranked 6th in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List!

Top 50 Inclusive Employers Graphic showing West Midlands Fire Service as 6th most inclusive in the UK.
Top 50 Inclusive Employers Graphic showing West Midlands Fire Service as 6th most inclusive in the UK.

West Midlands Fire Service is proud to have been ranked as sixth in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List, announced today (2 Dec). 

The index lists organisations that promote inclusion and embrace diversity across a number of protected characteristics at all levels of employment 

Now in its fifth year, the list was announced this morning via an online event. It highlights best practice and innovation to drive inclusion for all. 

Chief Fire Officer, Phil Loach, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have been one of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers for five years running, and to have risen 28 places since 2019 making us this year’s highest climbing organisation. I would like to congratulate all those listed, including colleagues at West Midlands PoliceWest Midlands Combined Authority and Midland Heart. 

“We’re committed to providing excellent services to our diverse communities, and to developing a workforce that truly reflects those communities. 

“This year has been like no other, but our staff have stepped up like they always do. We’ve managed to keep our recruitment and training processes running, in COVID-secure ways, welcoming several new female firefighters and others from BAME backgrounds. 

“Our wider workforce has remained ready, willing and able to continue delivering our critical services to our most vulnerable residents and businesses, with many volunteering to help deliver essential food and medical parcels to those in need. They’ve been an inspiration.”

Paul Sesay, founder and CEO of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List, said: “Companies featured on this year’s list have felt the importance of ensuring individual voices are heard and are standing up as responsible employers against discrimination and inequality. 

Those who ranked are on a continuous journey but have made it their mission to advocate for inclusive workplaces where everyone feels empowered to be the very best they can be.”

Organisations on the list are judged on wide-ranging criteria, including recruitment procedures, training and a host of diversityrelated initiatives. Demonstrating the promotion of all strands of diversity including age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religionthe list also focuses on representation at management, senior, executive and board level. 

To view the full list of Inclusive Employers, please click here. 

Top 50 Inclusive UK Employers Logo 2020/2021

Think ‘Gas Safety’

Gas flame on a gas cooker showing a single ring lit.

As winter approaches, and with many people continuing to work and spend more time at home because of COVID-19, West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is joining calls in Gas Safety Week 2020 to ‘think gas safety’.

The initiative, now in its tenth year, aims to raise awareness of the importance of gas safety – as well as of the dangers of poorly-maintained gas appliances.

Gas hob with two rings lit

In the three years to March 2020, WMFS firefighters attended 15 fires where gas was the main source of ignition (domestic and non-domestic settings). They also responded to 615 gas leak incidents – with just over 80 per cent of these being at people’s homes.

Pete Wilson, WMFS’s Group Manager for Prevention, said: “Many of us rely on, and perhaps even take for granted, our gas appliances. However, if you don’t keep boilers, heaters and cookers in good working order you risk gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

“It’s important that you only use a registered and qualified Gas Safe engineer to carry out servicing and repairs. Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself.

“We’re also urging people to have carbon monoxide detectors and alarms in their homes. It’s a highly-poisonous gas which can kill quickly, with no warning, but an alarm will alert you if there are dangerous levels in your home.”

It is a legal requirement for anyone carrying out domestic and commercial gas work to be registered, and comply with the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998.

Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally-qualified engineers and can help you find an engineer in your area: GasSafeRegister.co.uk.

More top tips to help you stay ‘gas safe’:

  • if you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999
  • know the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning: headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness
  • keep up-to-date with Gas Safety Week updates on social media by following @GasSafeRegister and the hashtags #GSW20 and #GasSafetyWeek.

Gas Safety Week 2020 starts Monday 14 September.

Gas safety register logo and telephone number
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