Fire staff among first for equality
CHESHIRE Fire and Rescue Service has been recognised for its equality.
The fire service has ranked 13th in a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) charity’s list of employers for 2016 and is the best performing blue light organisation in the country.
It’s the fourth consecutive year the service has featured in Stonewall’s Top 100, which assesses organisations ranging from local authorities to international investment banks against criteria including engagement with staff and communities, training and leadership.
John Joyce, chairman of Cheshire Fire Authority, said the achievement was a great reward for the organisation’s efforts over the last year.
He said: “We are delighted to be recognised by Stonewall as a leader for LGBT diversity. The index is a powerful way to help us demonstrate to our staff and the communities of Cheshire that we are here to support them.”
The service was recognised in particular for its focus on supporting the community, by addressing the safety risks faced by LGBT people, especially those who live alone, and those aged over 65 and young people.
The service’s efforts to address homophobic abuse and other forms of bullying were picked out by Stonewall, including its use of LGBT youth ambassadors who support the delivery of LGBT and diversity training to team leaders and staff working with young people.
Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock, who is also the senior sponsor of the Service’s LGBT staff Network Firepride, said: “I am so very proud of the staff in the network and across the service.”
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●● Staff at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service celebrate their latest accolade