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.
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.
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.