Fire

Graduate entry scheme introduced to the Service.(News)(Fire and Rescue Service)

Fire Minister Pamjit Dhanda has announced 3[pounds sterling] million to drive forward increased diversity in the Fire and Rescue Service including new plans for a national graduate entry scheme.

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Diversity in the Service is a major issue especially among its leaders and slow progress has limited its ability to spread fire safety messages to all communities. Currently, there is only one female chief fire officer, and none from minority ethnic communities. Latest fire and rescue statistics show minority ethnic staff formed just over three per cent of all staff; women also formed just over three per cent of operational staff. This compares to the police where five per cent are from minority ethnic groups and 22 per cent are women. …

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