New scheme aims to ensure Warwickshire's fire service is equal, diverse and inclusive - The Leamington Observer

New scheme aims to ensure Warwickshire's fire service is equal, diverse and inclusive

THOSE passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion are being encouraged to get involved with a new scheme from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

An Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum was established recently by the service with a view to meeting regularly and bringing together volunteers from across the county. The forum will support conversations between Warwickshire residents and the service. It will offer a place to share information, consider good practice for equality, diversity and inclusion, and hear voices from diverse communities.

Project spokesperson Imran Dean said: “Diversity is essential to the success of the service and it’s extremely important that we have representation from across the communities we serve in the county. Unique perspectives and insight into equality, diversity and inclusion will help us continually improve the service. I’m really excited to take part in the Forum and foster its development.”

The forum will run six virtual meetings a year where those attending will make suggestions and recommendations on best practice, shape the service’s vision for the next five years and help with recruitment for full-time and on call firefighters.

Chief fire officer Kieran Amos said: “We recognise and embrace the rich diversity within our communities, and we know we would benefit from having more of those rich views to help shape the future of our service. We better support and serve Warwickshire the more we are representative of our wonderful county.”

Residents keen to get involved are asked to submit an expression of interest of up to 600 words on the topic ‘Why you are interested in fire and rescue, equality, diversity and inclusion?’ to [email protected] by April 8.

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