Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has improved their score by three points on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index WEI in the last 12 months, retaining its place within the Top 100 employers in the UK.
With a score of 125 points out of 200, NFRS achieved a ranking 99th in the index, which this year saw a 439 employers from across the public and private sectors submitting an entry.
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, in which NFRS is one of only two fire and rescue services within the top 100.
To be recognised the index, NFRS supplies Stonewall with evidence on how the Service supports LGBT staff in an inclusive environment, with staff also being encouraged to complete a survey.
First entering the Index in 2010 with a rank of 303rd out of 350 organisations, NFRS broke into the top 100 in 2015 and was also recognised as a top 100 employer in 2016.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Strategic Lead on Equality and LGBT Issues, Wayne Bowcock said: "The Service is proud to maintain its top 100 ranking for the third consecutive year and receive recognition in this way by Stonewall of its work to progress LGBT equality. The Service continues to strive to increase awareness and understanding of LGBT issues across its workforce and engage with LGBT communities.
"This work wouldn't be possible without the support, dedication and commitment of our staff, partner agencies and unions, and I would like to thank them for their contributions in helping us to promote and progress LGBT equality."
Chair of the Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire Authority, Councillor Darrell Pulk, added: "The Service has made great progress in the area of LGBT equality in recent years; achieving this position within the top 100 of the index for a third consecutive year demonstrates the work undertaken in progressing and achieving equality for all. On behalf of the Fire Authority, I would like to congratulate all involved on their efforts in reaching this result!"
Duncan Bradshaw, Director of Membership Programmes, Stonewall's Director of Membership Programmes, said: "Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and all those who have made this year's Top 100 Employers list have done a fantastic job, and really do put equality and inclusion at the forefront of their work.
We were thrilled to have 439 submissions for this year's Index, one of the most competitive yet, and I would like to thank each and every organisation that took part. With your continued efforts and hard work, we will continue to work toward a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff are welcomed and accepted without exception in their workplaces."