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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service Features in Top 50 Employers for Women

19/04/2012

Becci Bryant, Peter Dartford and Diane Dunlevey

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating after making it into The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list. The list features the top organisations nationally that are leading the way in gender equality in the workplace.

"This is a massive achievement which speaks volumes about the type of organisation we are."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford

The list features well known international companies with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service being the only local authority to feature in the list.

The Service was required to provide examples of how it motivated women, the action it was taking to ensure the organisation was a top employer for women and what impact the work was having. Examples the Service provided included; the number of women in managerial positions, the proportion of female firefighters, the development of an equality and diversity strategy and plan and work within the local community promoting the opportunities for women in the fire and rescue service.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford: "For a fire and rescue service to be recognised as leading the way nationally for gender equality in the workplace is a fantastic accolade and one that we are very proud of. The majority of organisations that feature in the list are top international companies so for us, as such a small organisation in comparison, this is a massive achievement which speaks volumes about the type of organisation we are. 

"Unfortunately firefighting is still often seen as a male dominated profession but we’ve worked hard to dispel this myth and as a result we have one of the highest proportions of female firefighters in the country.”
The list and special supplement are produced in partnership with Opportunity Now, the gender campaign from Business in the Community. 

Helen Wells, director of Opportunity Now, said: "Any organisation included in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women list has to be commended for its commitment to actively recruiting, retaining and progressing female talent. The high number of entries and incredibly high standard of work being done towards gender equality and inclusion meant the judging process was extremely competitive, but what stood out as a common attribute for all 2012 Top 50 Employers was a clear focus on integration, innovation and impact.

"Being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list demonstrates a focus on creating an inclusive and diverse workplace that utilises the skills and talent of men and women. It is a clear statement that senior leaders see this as a commercial imperative, not a women’s issue."