Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

The Story

As a result of positive action, women now account for 30% of all successful applicants at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS).

Marc Redfern, Head of Diversity at DFRS, spoke to Fire Magazine: “An example of positive action is our work with RightTrack Learning who are experts in diversity and inclusion and who have facilitated tailor-made workshops designed to support the drive towards our vision for a more diverse working community.

Almost 100 of our key staff, from chief fire officer to appointing officers and heads of department, have attended the learning programme. The training event explored equality, diversity and inclusion and how our unconscious biases impact these in the workplace.”

The Solution

To find out more about the training solution we designed and delivered for DFRS, and the fantastic feedback we received, check out our video case study:

The Results

DFRS is delighted to now report that:

  • 95% of applicants feel confident to disclose their sexual orientation, including 95 who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or other
  • 7.5% per cent (118) of applicants stated their ethnicity as other than white British
  • Female applications across all roles have increased from 25% to 37%
  • Women now account for 30% of all successful applicants

If you have a training need in your organisation and you’d like to find out more about our approach, get in touch