The city of Leicester is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United Kingdom and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service are proud to be a part of a community that is rich in ethnicity and cultural diversity.

However, the Service recognises that every day, across the globe, ethnicity (or race) can influence how a person is treated and can often lead to abuse in the form of discrimination, violence, bullying and harassment. Due to this, the Service is working to ensure that the workplace is an enjoyable environment for all employees and those that come into contact with our Service.

Supporting People with Specific Needs

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service offers support not only to meet the needs of its employees, but also individuals within our communities with specific language and cultural needs. This is provided through a dedicated team of Community Safety Educators with specific language and cultural skills. These include:

  • British Sign Language
  • Punjabi
  • Urda
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Cantonese
  • Haika

The Service will also consider individual requests for information in braille, large print and other formats. Please submit your requests through our Information Management team by emailing info@lfrs.org.

Ethnicity and the Workforce

Race Profile of the Workforce
 White British or IrishAny Other WhiteMixedAsian or Asian BritishBlack or Black BritishChineseAny Other Ethnic BackgroundNot Stated
Operational545124440131
Control161020003
Support1092261115
Totals6701561251239

The White British category accounts for 89.3% of staff across the Service and this remains disproportionately high when compared to the local ethnic demographics. The other combined ethnic backgrounds (excluding ‘Not Stated’) account for 5.4% which is a slight decrease from 5.8% when compared to the previous year. 5.3% (39) of all staff have not stated their ethnic background.

Events

Positive Action

Positive Action is where an organisation utilises a number of initiatives designed to counteract the effects of past discrimination. However, Positive Action does NOT guarantee that anyone of a specific background will gain employment. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service acknowledges that Black and Minority Ethnics (BME) are under represented across the workforce. BME is one of the target groups that Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service includes in any Positive Action initiatives it undertakes. The Equality Act 2010 allows for the use of Positive Action in specific circumstances, to address workforce under representation.

Positive Action 2011

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service held a successful Positive Action event that led to the recruitment of the most diverse in-take of operational firefighters since equality monitoring began. The percentages of the in-take of operational firefighters can be seen below:

  • 20% Black and Minority Ethnic (BME)
  • 10% stated that they were lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGB)
  • 20% female
  • 20% declaring a disability

Highfield Rangers Family Fun Day

Highfield Rangers Community Family Fun Day has been running for over 25 years and is getting bigger and better each year. This annual fundraiser draws crowds from all over Leicester and Leicestershire. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has been attending the Highfield Rangers Family Fun Day event since 2010, as part of its ambition to be more visible in the community and undertake Positive Action initiatives. Staff engage with people from the community sharing fire safety messages and career opportunities within the fire and rescue service.

Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Leicester Caribbean Carnival is a hugely popular multicultural event, celebrating the diverse cultures in Leicester while keeping the cultural traditions of the Caribbean alive. The event is held on the first weekend in August every year, with an estimated 20,000 people attending. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has been present at the Leicester Caribbean Carnival for the last five years, being part of one of the premier multi-cultural events in the Midlands. Staff engage with people from the community sharing fire safety messages and career opportunities within the fire and rescue service.

Khidmah Unity Events

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has been attending the two Khidmah annual unity events (gender based) since 2010 as part of the outreach activities aimed at making sure the Service is visibly present in the our diverse communities. The two annual unity events have been hugely successful with over 20,000 people, mainly of Muslim background, attending the main events. The Khidmah Organisation organises events and develops programmes celebrating diversity and commonality by using the medium of sports, drama, education and social enterprise. The organisation works in partnership with statutory and voluntary organisations in creating programmes and activities that embrace its aims and objectives. Staff engage with people from the community sharing fire safety messages and career opportunities within the fire and service. 

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