South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
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Valuing diversity

Here at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue we actively try to break the stereotypical view of a firefighter and want to offer you a career at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, where everyone is welcomed.

As an employer this means:

  • We work to promote equality in relation to all protected characteristics in line with the Equality Act 2010 and provide training to all staff on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • We run positive action initiatives, such as ‘Have a Go Days’ and ‘Female Fitness’ sessions – which provide an insight to underrepresented groups into what it takes to become a firefighter
  • We are a Disability Confident Employer, we encourage applications from people with a disability and offer reasonable adjustments
  • We are committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation by actioning the Race Equality Commission report
  • We run and attend a diverse range of events throughout the EDI Calendar, including Black History Month, Pride, Neurodiversity Celebration Week, International Women’s and Men’s Day, as well as celebrating a range of faith & belief events throughout the year
  • We develop strong relationships with a variety of South Yorkshire community groups, to ensure we are providing the correct support to our diverse region
  • We value the power of neurodiversity, having recently published our Neurodiversity Handbook for all staff and gaining site-wide access to Read & Write Gold

Our staff are able to create change and provide support through our five staff groups:

  • Disability, Carers and Neurodiversity Staff Group
  • Faith and Belief Staff Group
  • LGBT Staff Group
  • Race Staff Network
  • Women’s Staff Group

We are also very proud to have run a number of successful and popular campaigns in recent years, celebrating the diversity of our organisation:

If you would like to find out more about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, contact Lesley Hayhurst (People Partner for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion)

This content was last updated on November 07th, 2022