Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service awarded for equality, diversity and inclusion

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) has been recognised for its work in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion at the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) Personal Fair and Diverse Awards.

The award celebrates Services that demonstrate strategic and operational awareness and understanding of how to challenge, promote and advance equality, diversity, and inclusion at senior levels of their organisation, as well as for demonstrating visionary leadership, capacity, capability and a strong commitment to making things happen.

CFRS was awarded second place in the award for Excellence in Board Leadership in Equality, diversity and Inclusion and comes following assessment from the National Centre for Diversity on behalf of AFSA. A survey was completed by senior managers within the Service, and examined the value they place on diversity, their understanding of it, how staff and members understand it, the application of policies and training and monitoring of it in the workplace.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Jon Anderson, collected the award on behalf of the Service at the AFSA annual conference on June 13, 2019.

Speaking of the award he commented: “We’ve come a long way over the last few years, and it’s great to see that our senior leaders really understand how to challenge, promote and advance equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. To receive this recognition from the AFSA is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, who are passionate about moving the Service forward.

“We still have work to do to improve the diversity within the our Service to ensure we are representative of all our communities, but we’re really pleased to see that we are one of the top services in the UK for our work in this area.”