Fire staff among first for equal­ity

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

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

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