​​We have a strong commitment to equality and diversity, both within the organisation and in the services we provide to our local communities across Lancashire.


The nature of our work means that we interact with people from different backgrounds and it is important that we understand and are sensitive to individuals' differences so we can provide an effective Fire and Rescue Service.  We aim to employ a representative workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to do this, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.


We undertake positive action activities​ to encourage​​ people from lots of backgrounds who may not ordinarily consider a career in the fire service. Its aim is to ensure people from previously under-represented groups have the opportunity to compete on equal terms with other participants.

 

To find out more about our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy, click here.


Positive action is not about giving favourable treatment in a recruitment process.  Selection to posts within Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are based on merit at point of selection. However, the provision of events such as 'Have a Go' Days, gives people from all our communities the opportunity to learn more about the role of a firefighter and the selection process.

 

We have organised nine 'Have a Go Days' in September and October 2017 at fire stations across the county. They are running from 10:00am to 12:30pm at the following locations:


 

  • Blackburn Fire Station - 9th September 2017

  • Skelmersdale Fire Station - 10th September 2017

  • Burnley Fire Station - 16th September 2017

  • Blackpool Fire Station - 17th September 2017

  • Hyndburn Fire Station - 24th September 2017

  • Morecambe Fire Station - 30th September 2017

  • Preston Fire Station - 1st October 2017

  • Service Training Centre in Chorley - 7th and 8th October 2017.


 

​There's plenty of myths about what the job is like and often a sense that the physical requirements might be too great. You can see more in this video which has been created by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. 

 

Buddying Scheme

As part of the programme for positive action, the Service has established a buddying scheme, where those interested in applying can talk to female, black or minority ethnic, or lesbian, gay, about being a firefighter. This scheme is open to all potential recruits, although it is intended to support primarily applicants from these under-represented groups.  

If you would be interested in being assigned a 'Buddy' to provide informal help, support and advice during the selection process, please email the following email address with your name, contact details and home address: vijyadiniro@lancsfirerescue.org.uk.

Upon receipt of an email, you will be contacted by one of our 'Buddies'. Please note this is an informal arrangement and your Buddy will not be in a position to provide you with any feedback in the event that you are unsuccessful at any stage.