Positive Action

It is a policy of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service to “…seek to employ a workforce representative of the community that we serve” This means that our workforce should contain  the same or similar proportions of the diverse individuals and groups as the wider community in our area.

In order to achieve this we may need to encourage particular groups of people to apply for jobs with us, or to support them in achieving the qualifications that are needed for particular jobs in the organisation.

What is Positive Action?

If an organisation can show it has under-representation of particular groups in its workforce for employment, promotion or training from groups that have been under-represented in the workforce in the last twelve months it is allowed under the Equality Act 2010 to carry out what is known as ‘positive action’ to encourage applications from people in those groups. Photo of empty locker room with woman's coat among firefighter kitPeople from these groups can be targeted and supported to encourage them to apply for employment, promotion and training. In our case we have significant under representation among our firefighters of women and people from black and minority ethnic groups.

The law allows us to run training courses and events such as open days, support for skills development, completing application forms and developing interview techniques.

Positive action is very different from positive discrimination, which gives preferential treatment in selection for employment, promotion or training to people from particular groups, to ensure that greater numbers or quotas of those people succeed. Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service does not advocate or participate in such activities, which are unlawful in the UK.

All Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service applicants go through the same selection processes, and all employees are appointed solely on merit.

What does this mean for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service?

Because we are committed to employing a diverse workforce we hold taster sessions and open days for members of under-represented groups to raise their awareness of employment opportunities and recruitment and selection processes, especially for operational jobs.

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We also include statements in job advertisements for operational jobs to encourage women and people from black and minority ethnic groups to apply. These statements usually read: 'We particularly welcome applications from female and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in our Service'.

Previous awareness events and campaign posters and flyers.

Further Information

Natalie Parkinson - Equality and Diversity Officer

Address: Brigade Headquarters, St Michael's St, Shrewsbury, SY1 2HJ.

Telephone: 01743 260 236

Email: natalie.parkinson@shropshirefire.gov.uk