Nottinghamshireire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has been recognised by Stonewall as one of the top 100 LGBT inclusive employers in the UK.
With a score of 107 points out of 200, NFRS achieved a ranking of 99th in the index, which this year saw 445 employers from across the public and private sectors submitting an entry – with NFRS being one of only three fire and rescue services in the top 100.
The dedication and commitment of staff throughout the whole Service in promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff and service users has been officially recognised in the index, and the Service has increased its ranking by 72 places in the last year.
To be recognised in the index, NFRS supply Stonewall with evidence on how the Service promotes an inclusive environment for LGBT staff and service users and awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity, with staff also being encouraged to complete a survey.
First entering the Index in 2010 with a rank of 303 out of 350 organisations, NFRS broke into the top 100 in 2015 and has worked hard to maintain an inclusive work environment.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Strategic Lead on Equality and LGBT Issues, Wayne Bowcock said: "The Service is proud of its top 100 ranking and to receive recognition by Stonewall for our work to progress LGBT equality. We have worked hard for several years to increase awareness and understanding of LGBT issues, and to maintain an inclusive work environment and engage with LGBT staff and communities.
“It is vitally important that our staff can be their best selves when they come to work and we are committed to developing an environment to enable this. Being representative of the communities we serve makes us more diverse, increases our skills and helps us to be as accessible to our communities as possible.
"The Service’s work to progress LGBT inclusion is only possible with the support, dedication and commitment of our staff, partner agencies and unions. I would like to extend my thanks to them all for their valued contributions."
Darren Towers, Stonewall’s Executive Director said: ‘Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list are making a huge difference to workplaces, services and communities across the UK.
“LGBT-inclusive employers play a crucial role in changing society by using their power and influence to protect and support LGBT people. More than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) still hide their identity at work for fear of discrimination; that has an impact on productivity, wellbeing and more and shows we still have lots to do.
“However, with organisations like Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service displaying such a strong commitment to LGBT equality, we are one step closer to creating a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.”
See who else made the top 100 here: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/full-list-top-100-employers-2019