Retired firefighters don't burn out ... they become disability trainers! As the public sector finds itself firefighting the competing demands of government legislation, one retired firefighter has found himself in the thick of it....(Equality and Diversity)

LES EVANS, WHO RETIRED FROM Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service last year, after 29 years of service is now carving out a new career as a Disability Equality trainer after a chance phone call from an old school friend.

In his last position with Northamptonshire Les was responsible for fire safety policy and implementation across Northamptonshire, a role that brought him into direct contact with local community groups and had him grappling with the issues of diversity and equal opportunities.

On retirement, an old school friend called him up to tell him about Gallant 2000, a social enterprise who were recruiting people to deliver their new range of accredited disability equality courses. The courses have been specially devised to help the public sector meet the needs of new legislation under the Disability Discrimination Act which comes into force in December 2006.

"I had always felt that a lot of time and money had been invested under the equal opportunity and diversity banners but with little progress to show for it. …

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