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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service praised for inclusion

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service(WYFRS) has been placed in the top ten fire services for diversity and inclusion!

A total of 20 services participated in the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) survey which  measured how participants were able to demonstrate  awareness and understanding of how to challenge, promote and advance equality, diversity and inclusion at senior levels.

WYFRS placed eighth, with Kent Fire and Rescue Service taking the top spot.

Gill Cockburn, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at WYFRS said:  “When we were offered the chance to measure our diversity and inclusion we did not hesitate in signing up. We were asked to complete a survey which looked at our practices and how we prioritise diversity and inclusion.

“We are very pleased that we came in the top 10 at number eight as this demonstrates that we are working in the right direction. We are looking forward to demonstrating impact from initiatives in place and aim to make sure we are placed even higher next time around!”

The Chair of AFSA Dalvinder Rai said: “We were delighted with the response from members and working in partnership with the National Centre for Diversity and we look forward to analysing the key development areas and strengths identified in the surveys involving senior leaders and providing the support to our member organisations.”

Similarly, the Chief Executive of the National Centre for Diversity Solat Choudhry added: “This has been an intriguing project working with AFSA, and their members have been fantastic. We congratulate all those that took part and particularly the top 10. We strongly now urge all Fire and Rescue Services to carry out a full diagnostic across all their staff to find out if the general workforce agree with their leaders.”