Last night (26 Nov) at The Guardian Public Service Awards 2019, West Midlands Fire Service scooped top spot in the Workplace Diversity category.
Watch Commanders Jim Rottenbury (Organisational Learning and People Development) and Danyal Perager (Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality), pictured, attended the event in London.
The award recognises our continuing commitment to ensuring our workforce better reflects the makeup of the communities we serve.
Using a variety of techniques – from social media and targeted advertising, to more traditional methods of engagement such as careers fairs – our diversity team works hard to spread the message that anyone can become a firefighter, regardless of race, gender or background.
The extensive work, including open evenings and other supporting events, has enabled us to increase the percentage of our female firefighter workforce to 10% and, since January last year, 27% of our new firefighters have been women while 32% have been black or from ethnic minority groups.
This exceeds the average for fire services nationally and is an upward trend we will be working hard to continue.
You can read more about the Guardian Public Service Awards and our win on their website.
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WCdr's Perager & Rottenbury representing @WestMidsFire this evening at the Guardian Public Service Awards 2019 in London. We are finalist in the Workforce Diversity category following our success in Recruitment and Positive Action #PSA2019 pic.twitter.com/mfCmMgKcuT— OL&PD (@WMFS_OLPD) November 26, 2019
Over the last 2 years initial training and recruitment have worked closer than ever before in increasing diversity and ensuring our new firefighters are more representative of communities of @WestMidsFire. This had lead to amazing recognition @ Guardian Public Serices Award 2019 pic.twitter.com/LxThlqTUJi— Jim Rottenbury (@jimrott8365) November 26, 2019