Association backs Avon chief over diversity criticism.(News)(Chief Fire Officers' Association, Avon Fire and Rescue Service)

CFOA has announced that it is "enormously disappointed" by recent media criticism of the Chief Fire Officer of Avon Fire and Rescue Service for his initiatives encouraging people from all backgrounds to apply to become firefighters.

CFOA President Steve McGuirk stated: "The association fully supports Chief Fire Officer Kevin Pearson's 'have a go' days, days which are open to people from all communities. Open days do not exclude white men. The Fire Service is already a popular career option for white males and currently 98 per cent of firefighters are white men. 'Have a go' events are really about opening up the Service to all and showing what a fantastic job firefighting is. …

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