We have a number of staff networks that colleagues and allies are encouraged to join. The Servcie also works with a number of organisations to support its commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA)
BFRS is a member of the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) and works closely with the association in order to promote equality in the fire and rescue services. AFSA is an independent, inclusive, employee-led support group with the aim to raise the profile of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic issues in the fire and rescues services.
Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI)
BFRS is a member of Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI). They are a leading employer network promoting equality and inclusion in the workplace. ENEI covers all the nine protected characteristics with specific objectives to influence government, business, and trade unions.
Neurodiversity in Business (NiB)
Neurodiversity in Business (NiB) is a business-led forum functioning as an industry group for organisations to share industry good practice on ND recruitment, retention, and empowerment. Their vision is to foster a corporate environment where neurodivergent people are understood and form an invaluable part of the work culture.
We also have a number of staff networks that colleagues and allies are encouraged to join. Staff Networks aim to provide support for staff, to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace and provide a voice for staff on issues covered by the Equality Act 2010.
The Staff Networks include:
LGBTQ+ and Allies for employees who identify as: Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer and Questioning, Intersex.
Workplace Adjustments for employees supporting equal access in the workplace for physical and hidden disabilities.
Women in FRS
Mental Health Working Group