FireWorks: for equality in the Fire Service: a new project team, put together by the Fire Service Research Training Unit at APU (Anglia Polytechnic University) to run a two year study into equality in the Fire Service, seeks improve equality and fairness in the Service.(Equality)

Jointly funded by a 1.4 million [pounds sterling] grant from the European Social Fund and APU, Fire Works is set to improve the employment, retention and promotion prospects of black and ethnic minorities and women in the Fire and Rescue Service which at present has a largely white, male demographic.

Helping the various APU academics to identify the key areas for change are key stake holders including the Fire and Rescue Service, trade unions, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Metropolitan Police.

The FireWorks project will achieve its goals by researching throughout the Fire Service, working alongside existing equality initiatives, offering research opportunities, acting as a clearing house for literature on equality and diversity, identifying relevant initiatives in other organisations and looking at the international perspective on equality. …

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