Embracing equal opportunities

Whether you’re applying to work here, or you’re already part of our team, we treat you as an individual with a unique mix of experiences, knowledge and skills. We know that you can only give your best when you can be yourself, feel safe to contribute and know that inappropriate behaviour is effectively challenged.

Our staff flying the rainbow flags at Pride

Applying to work here

We encourage you to take the opportunity to learn more about what we do and apply for jobs in our team whatever your ethnic background, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

We value the diversity in our counties and recognise that to understand and respond to the needs of all the communities we serve we need a workforce that reflects the people who live here.

We know that in the race called ‘life’ not everyone starts from the same position. That’s why our recruitment process creates opportunities to assist or support those who may be at a disadvantage.

“I know I can be at work being my whole self, where my talent is valued and be free from discrimination.” - Marie Beckley, HR Officer

Our staff support groups

Fire Pride

Our Fire Pride group is a space where people who identify as LGBTQ+ can come and feel supported, ask for advice and contribute their ideas to create a more inclusive working environment.  Our network is also strongly supported by non LGBTQ+ individuals, meaning everyone is committed to raising awareness of issues that impact our community.

Women's network

We want to break down the barriers that women have traditionally faced in a male-dominated workplace. Our women’s network is a safe place for women to come together to share experiences, learn, mentor and inspire each other. We’ll continue to create a healthy, balanced and respectful environment so that every woman feels valued and supported. The network is affiliated with the national organisation Women in the Fire Service, and we also have a menopause working group.

Multicultural staff support network

Our multicultural staff support network exists to make sure those from a minority ethnic background have a voice. It’s a safe space for members of staff to discuss issues and share ideas relating to race, culture and ethnicity. The group also supports the organisation to address issues raised within the group.

Dyslexia and Disability support group

Our Dyslexia and Disability support group is for staff who consider themselves to have a visible or invisible disability, or for those who know someone who has a disability and wants support. The group works to make sure all individuals are represented and focuses on increasing awareness, improving understanding of issues affecting those with disabilities and celebrating our staff. It’s a safe space where people can come and socialise and speak openly.