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We’re even more inclusive!

By 1st December 2017 July 15th, 2019 No Comments

For the second year in a row, we’ve been included in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List!

It includes UK organisations that promote inclusion throughout all levels of employment.

We’re thrilled to have also improved on our position last year – we’re up three places to our new ranking of 28.

And we’re one of just two fire and rescue services to have made it on to the list.

Organisations featured have provided evidence to demonstrate how they promote all strands of diversity within their workforce – age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religion. The list places a particular focus on management, senior, executive and board level.

Area Commander Sarah Warnes said: “We’re delighted to be in the list again. West Midlands Fire Service is committed to all aspects of diversity, inclusion, cohesion and equality, so we can mirror the rich and varied communities we’re to serve.

“Many people, particularly from minority communities and women, experience inequality in society and the workplace. This is why we try to lead by example, taking individual and organisational steps to challenge prejudice and remove discrimination.

“Equality and fairness is about recognising, accepting and valuing people’s unique individuality according to their needs. This often means that individuals may be treated differently, yet fairly, based on their needs.”

Councillor John Edwards, Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “We have a successful programme of positive action to ensure that we move as quickly as possible to ensure that our staff and the services we deliver reflect the diverse communities of the West Midlands.”

We actively encouraging applications to be a West Midlands firefighter fom female candidates and from members of the West Midlands’ black, Asian and ethnic minority communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation. Read more here 

The full list of Inclusive Employers can be found here: www.inclusivetop50.co.uk/2017rankings

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