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Methodology of Encouraging Diversity in the Fire Service.

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Methodology of Encouraging Diversity in the Fire Service Diversity is something which is interpreted by different people in different ways. Therefore, depending on who is talking about diversity, it is hard to achieve it. Some people view each individual as being diverse, so no matter who is in the workforce, it will be diverse. Others view diversity as being a mix of age, sex, race, colour, creed, religion, etc. People who view this as being diversity are much harder to please. They want the fire service to reflect the community of England... something that is very hard to achieve. The fire service struggles immensely to do this, as to women and ethnic minorities, it is not an appealing job. ...read more.

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Another method that the fire service has is an open door policy. You can knock on a fire station any time and there will be a friendly welcome for you. You can ask any questions about the job, look around the station, get a feel of what its like to work there, etc. However... although these methods may well be in place, before a firefighter told me, I was unaware that there was such thing as an 'outreach worker' and was unaware of the open door policy. So how can they be successful in reaching the community when the community are unaware of them? They can't. Also, there may actually be a problem with the open door policy. ...read more.

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But no matter how hard the fire service tries... over 99% of the service are still white males. This, simply, is because the thought of going into a blazing fire, extinguishing flames, carrying out burnt, maybe even dead bodies, doesn't appeal to anyone other than a white male. In the governments eyes, the fire service aren't meeting the targets set. Therefore, they have failed. But in the fire services eyes... the number of females and ethnic minorities has increased, even if it is slightly, so they see this as a success. People cannot be forced to do a job; all the fire service tries to do is to make it appealing to everyone. And if women and ethnic minorities do not feel it is an appealing career, they will not apply. Vincent Stevenson ...read more.

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